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The Santa Fe Opera 2014 season begins Friday with “Carmen.”
The other operas included in this year’s program are “Don Pasquale,” “Fidelio,” the double bill of “The Impresario and Le Rossignol” and the hisotrical “Dr. Sun Yat-sen.”
“Carmen” is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and a portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself.
The international cast for this production of “Carmen” comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (June 27-July 18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (July 28-Aug. 23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has been 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 in “The Guardian” as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” in this role. The young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless will direct.
Note that Carmen is for mature audiences only due do its subject matter.
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