What makes Carmen the world’s most popular opera? Simple: It sizzles. Carmen is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s genius, a trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself. The international cast for this Carmen comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (6/27-7/18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (7/28-8/23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has catapulted to the forefront of romantic tenors in only seven years since his debut in Bergamo, Italy. The swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by the bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas, praised as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” (The Guardian) in this role. The exciting young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless, whose imaginative productions of The Elixir of Love (2009) and Faust (2011) captivated audiences, will direct.
8:30 pm June 27; July 2, 5, 11, 18
8:00 pm July 28; August 2, 6, 11, 16, 20, 23