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  • Overture Center for the Arts 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison Opera's 57th season begins in November with Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Overture Hall.  One of the most popular operas in the world, Carmen was a flop when it premiered in Paris in 1875, but within a few years was widely-acclaimed.  The story of a Spanish gypsy determined to live a life on her own terms, Bizet’s masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, dance, and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed.

Aleks Romano makes her Madison Opera debut in the title role; Cecilia Violetta López makes her debut as Micaëla.  Sean Panikkar (Opera in the Park 2014) returns to Madison Opera as Don José, the soldier who falls in love with Carmen; Corey Crider (Sweeney Todd) returns as Escamillo, the toreador.  E. Loren Meeker directs this traditional staging in her Madison Opera debut, with John DeMain conducting.

Sung in French with projected English translations

Friday, November 3, 2017 | 8pm; Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 2:30pm

Overture Hall. Tickets $18-$130

Meet the cast of Bizet's masterpiece

Aleks Romano makes her Madison Opera debut in her first-ever performances of Carmen, the gypsy determined to live life on her own terms. Winner of the First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, she has sung leading roles with the Glimmerglass Festival, Portland Opera, and Washington National Opera.  

Sean Panikkar makes his Madison Opera mainstage debut as Don José, the soldier who falls in love with Carmen with tragic results. Mr. Panikkar sang at Opera in the Park 2014 and since then has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and Washington National Opera, among others. He has created roles in numerous world premiere operas, including Shalimar the Clown, The Summer King, and JFK, and is also a member of Forte.  

Cecilia Violetta López makes her Madison Opera mainstage debut as Micaëla, José’s hometown sweetheart. Ms. López debuted at Opera in the Park this past summer and was named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News.  

Corey Crider was acclaimed for his portrayal of the title role in Madison Opera’s 2015 Sweeney Todd and now returns as Escamillo, the famous bullfighter who also falls in love with Carmen.  

Studio Artists Anna Polum, last seen as Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Megan Le Romero, making her debut, play Carmen’s friends, Frasquita and Mercédès.  

The smugglers Dancaire and Remendado are played by Wisconsin native Erik Earl Larson, last seen in Dead Man Walking, and Studio Artist Benjamin Liuopaogo, making his debut.  

Thomas Forde, a favorite Madison Opera performer, sings Zuniga, Don José's commanding officer.  

Charles Eaton makes his Madison Opera debut as Moralès, a corporal in the Spanish Army.

Earlier Event: November 5
Edgewood College Chamber Orchestra
Later Event: November 5
Eric Miller & Max Yount