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Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Presents Bizet’s Carmen For The First Time March 2

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Presents Bizet’s Carmen For The First Time March 2


R: Sabatino Vacca; L: top row - Sara Papini; Parker Clements; Andrew Derynck; Middle row - Daniela Agostino; Adam Sperry; Simona Genga; Lower row - Luke Noftall; Alessia Vitali; Ben Wallace (All images courtesy of the artists)
R: Sabatino Vacca; L: high row – Sara Papini; Parker Clements; Andrew Derynck; Center row – Daniela Agostino; Adam Sperry; Simona Genga; Decrease row – Luke Noftall; Alessia Vitali; Ben Wallace (All photographs courtesy of the artists)

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera will likely be presenting a totally staged model of Bizet’s Carmen on March 2, a primary for the corporate. Bizet’s Carmen is likely one of the hottest and continuously carried out operas within the classical repertoire, to the purpose the place the Habanera and Toreador Track have permeated common tradition.

“We’re very a lot trying ahead to presenting Bizet’s Carmen on March 2,” says Founder and Inventive Director Sabatino Vacca. “Now we have a really thrilling solid of Canadian singers together with Simona Genga within the title position. French lyricism along with Spanish rhythms are on the coronary heart of Bizet’s masterpiece. Is it any surprise why it has develop into some of the beloved operas of all time!”

He provides, “Bizet’s Carmen is an efficient viewers draw particularly for a March date. It makes for a superb distinction with Madama Butterfly which we carried out earlier this season.”

Based in 2015, SOLO made its debut with a night of opera favourites. It’s returned to the stage for La Traviata, Tosca, La Bohème, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, amongst different productions.


Georges Bizet composed the music to a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based mostly on the novella Carmen by common French writer Prosper Mérimée.

At its premiere in 1875, the Paris viewers was scandalized by the way in which that Bizet had damaged with the operatic conventions of the previous. Sadly, Bizet handed away after solely the thirty third efficiency of Carmen, and by no means knew that it could go on to develop into so common.

“Very unlucky that Bizet died not lengthy after its premiere satisfied it was a failure,” says Vacca “and by no means capable of benefit from the immense recognition it was to get pleasure from worldwide. There are nice moments of sparkle as within the quintet which bubbles alongside like a freshly opened bottle of pricey champagne; solely a French composer might have penned such a stunning gem!”

It’s a tragic story of affection, jealousy and betrayal. The soldier Don José turns into infatuated with the passionate gypsy Carmen, abandoning his childhood sweetheart and even his army duties. In the long run, although, he loses his love to a different, inflicting him to erupt in a jealous rage.

The opera depicted social points together with its darkish love story, and the lifetime of avenue individuals, amongst different parts which shocked French audiences within the late nineteenth century.

The Forged

The manufacturing will likely be directed by Gregory Finney, and performed by Vacca. Casting is clearly essential. Simona Genga takes the lead position of Carmen, with Andrew Derynck as Don José. Each are making their debuts with SOLO.

“All the time in search of stable high notes, a superb mix of voices with leads, some weight and “metallic” within the voice as properly. Very blissful to have Simona Genga becoming a member of us for the primary time, very heat voice with an excellent vary high to backside, wealthy tone, and nice performing ability. She’s going to carry quite a bit to the position,” Sabatino notes.

“Andrew Derynck is a really younger promising tenor with safe high notes with energy while you want it as in among the ensembles, and tenderness as within the duet with Micaëla.”

Lots of the different solid members are favourites of SOLO audiences, together with sopranos Sara Papini, Daniela Agostino, and tenor Adam Sperry. Alessia Vitali, Parker Clements (Escamillo), and Luke Noftall (Zuniga) are alum from the College of Toronto Opera Faculty, whereas Ben Wallace is a present pupil.

“Pairing up the gypsies Frasquita (Daniela Agostino) and Mercédès (Alessia Vitali) is essential as is pairing up the smugglers Le Dancaïre (Ben Wallace) and Le Remendado (Adam Sperry). Sara Papini our Micaëla can be gifted with a really heat wealthy voice and ease with high notes. Sara was our Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2019.”

  • The efficiency takes place on March 2 on the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Extra data and tickets [HERE].

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