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Manitoba Opera presents Carmen,

one of the world’s most popular operas, April 13, 17 & 19

MB Opera Carmen Ginger Costa Jackson

Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano, Ginger Costa-Jackson, will be portraying Carmen in Manitoba Opera’s upcoming production

Considered to be one of the world’s most popular operas, Carmen, the sexy thriller that seduces the audience with every note, will be presented by Manitoba Opera at the Centennial Concert Hall Saturday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.), Wednesday, April 17 (7:00 p.m.), and Friday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.).

Set in Spain, Carmen tells the story of a passionate, free-spirited woman who can have any man she wants, but when she seduces the young soldier Don José only to cast him aside for the handsome bullfighter, she seals her tragic fate. Carmen will be sung in French with French dialogue and projected English translation.

Carmen is unrivalled in its list hit melodies and recognizable music, including Carmen’s smoky Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song, and the rousing Toreador Song. Over 140 years after its premiere in Paris, composer Georges Bizet’s opera continues to captivate audiences around the globe.

“Who can resist the sensuous music of Bizet? With its lavish score and brilliant orchestration, Carmen is an irresistible theatrical event. Last performed by the company in 2010, we are very pleased to bring this opera to the stage for an entirely new audience,” explains Larry Desrochers, General Director & CEO.

Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson makes her company debut as the fiery temptress, with the celebrated Canadian tenor David Pomeroy reprising his role as the obsessive corporal, Don José. Acclaimed Canadian baritone Daniel Okulitch will be appearing as Escamillo the dashing bullfighter. Two Winnipeg favourites will also be featured: sopranos Lara Ciekiewicz, who will be singing the role of Michaëla, and Lara Secord-Haid as Frasquita. Jacques Arsenault (Remendado) will be making a company debut. Giles Tomkins, who appeared in 2019 as Basilio in The Barber of Seville, will sing Zuniga, with Johnathon Kirby singing the dual roles of Moralès and Le Dancaïre. Barbara King will sing Mercédès. Brian Deedrick will direct the production, which is set in and around Seville, Spain, in the mid-1930s. Tyrone Paterson will conduct the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Opera Chorus.

For tickets call 204-944-8824, go online at mbopera.ca, or in person at the MO Box Office, lower level, Centennial Concert Hall (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday). Seniors, students, and youth discounts are available. For more information on Carmen, go to mbopera.ca/season/carmen-2

MO Carmen 2010

A scene from Manitoba Opera’s production of Carmen, 2010. Photo by R. Tinker