'Carmen' shows added, on sale

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General Director Charles MacKay announced today that an additional performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” has been added 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
“There has been such a demand for tickets, and all 12 performances have been filling so quickly,” MacKay said. “I am happy that we are able to offer more of our patrons a chance to see this wonderful new production of Bizet’s masterpiece.”
The standard patron amenities will be offered, such as shuttles from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, preview buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m., Prelude Talks in Stieren Hall at 6 and 7 p.m., Opera Shop and food and beverage services.
Taking advantage of Santa Fe’s Southwestern setting and advances in video projection, director Stephen Lawless brings “Carmen” closer to home, setting the drama in the Mexico of recent past.
A mercurial creature who defies categories, Carmen has been rivetingly interpreted by both sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. Singing the role in all performances through July 18, Argentinian born Daniela Mack will bring the darker vocal luster of the mezzo-soprano voice to the stage.
Soprano Ana María Martínez will sing the role from July 28 to Aug. 23. The exciting young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald, an experienced “Carmen” hand, will conduct this summer’s performances of the opera.
Tickets start at $30.