Experience Spanish culture this month with the classic Bizet opera.
The chill of autumn may have you feeling a bit housebound of late, but you can heat things up this fall with the sizzling Spanish opera, “Carmen.” Arguably one of the world’s most popular operas, “Carmen” opens at the McCaw Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Georges Bizet’s French opéra comique is set in Spain in 1820, and follows the story of a soldier named Don José and his misguided affection for a seductive femme fatale named Carmen. Directed by Bernard Uzan, the orchestration, crowd-pleasing tunes and strong ensemble will make for an exciting night of entertainment.
The role of Carmen will be played by Anita Rachvelishvili and Malgorzata Walewska, while Don José will be played by Luis Chapa and Fernando de la Mora. Former Seattle Opera Young Artists among the cast include Michael Todd Simpson as Escamillo and Caitlin Lynch as Micaëla.
A leading American company, Seattle Opera was founded in 1963. Each year, the five operas performed by the company range from classics of European repertoire to contemporary American works.
Each performance of “Carmen” will run approximately three hours and 30 minutes with two intermissions. Visit Seattle Opera online for information about tickets and individual performances.
Carmen at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street, Seattle | Oct. 15 — 29 (intermittent)