Wednesday, August 14, 2013

LA Opera Talk: Georges Bizet’s Carmen

Sunday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.

No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. With dazzling bursts of color, the thrilling production brings the sights and sounds of Seville to life, from the dusty town center to the clamor of the bullring. Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another, a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies.

LA Opera Community Educator GEOFF KUENNING will present the background and important facts about this classic opera and then, as a special treat, attendees will hear opera singer ADRIEN RAYNIER sing a few selections from Carmen. Ms. Raynier has performed numerous times with LA Opera as well as the Santa Monica Symphony, the Orange County Master Chorale, the Ventura Symphony and many others. You won’t want to miss this Opera Talk with a live singer that will demonstrate the passion and excitement of Bizet’s famous work.
Opera is not just magnificent music, dance and theater with astounding sets on a beautiful stage; opera can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. It is literature, social studies, cultural diversity, multiple languages and most of all, it is exciting! Come explore the world of opera which has something for everyone.
This introduction to opera with a live performance is absolutely free. Mark this date on the social calendar as Crowell Library welcomes LA Opera’s 2013/2014 season on a high note. Light refreshments will be served.