Photo Credit: Jeff Roffman for The Atlanta Opera

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

October 8 | 10 | 12 | 14 (7:30 PM)
October 16, 2016 (2 PM)

Opening Night, October 8th, will be red carpet night.
Thursday, October 6th will be student night.

Love her at your own risk.

Don Jose has his duty as a soldier. He has the love of his beloved Micaela. But he throws away both when he crosses paths with the beguiling gypsy Carmen.

You’ll find yourself equally caught up in this sensual blend of passion, jealousy, and betrayal in one of opera’s most enduring masterpieces.

Sung in French with English supertitles.



Elise Quagliata, Carmen
Dominick Chenes, Don José
Sarah Tucker, Micaëla
Christian Bowers, Escamillo
Abigail Rethwisch, Frasquita
Sarah Coit, Mercédès
Kevin Nakatani, Zuniga
Tyler Oliphant , Moralès
Markel Reed, El Dancairo
Christian Sanders, El Remendado
Utah Opera Chorus
The Madeleine Choir School
Utah Symphony

Robert Tweten, conductor
Tara Faircloth, Stage Director


Soldiers loiter near a cigarette factory in Seville observing the townspeople. A peasant girl, Micaela, approaches Moralès and inquires about a recent recruit,Don José .With the changing of the guard, led by Lt. Zuniga, the newly minted soldier enters....



The curtain rises to a lazy pulsing monotone from low strings. The answering flutes and clarinets do nothing to dispel the atmosphere of draining heat After 19 bars of repeated Fs we seem to be heading for a regular harmonic close – think of the ending of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – but Bizet won’t allow that, and the resulting discord...



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Production Sponsor:

Eccles Foundation

Opera Artistic Director Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Set and Costume Sponsor:

Theodore Schmidt in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Schmidt

Supertitles Sponsor:


Opening Performance Sponsor:

OC Tanner

Cast Party Sponsor:


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