When she’s not making cigarettes at the factory in Seville, Carmen is busy making trouble. This gypsy should come with a warning label! Unfortunately, naïve army corporal, Don José, is out of the loop. Boy meets girl and becomes so besotted that he wrecks his career and his life for her. When she drops him for the next man to come along—a dashing Toreador—her fancy decides her fate. Bizet’s masterpiece is the perfect combination of passion and drama, featuring the most seductive score in opera!
Sultry mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson makes her mainstage debut as opera’s most notorious vixen while Dinyar Vania and Ryan Kuster fight for her affections on stage as the smitten solider and his bullfighting rival. Corrine Winters gets caught in the middle of this triangle as girl-next-door, Micaëla. This never-before-seen production also heralds the return of two creative masterminds to Virginia Opera: conductor John DeMain (Aida, 2011) and director Tazewell Thompson (The Pearl Fishers, 2012).