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Seattle Opera Presents Bizet’s Carmen October 15 to 29

Seattle—This fall, Seattle Opera presents Carmen, Bizet’s fiery tale of passion and jealousy, for seven performances, opening October 15 and running through October 29.
Carmen follows the destructive romance between a free-spirited, amoral woman and a tightly-wound soldier.
Overflowing with lively dance numbers, thrilling ensembles, and beloved arias including the “Habanera,” the “Seguidilla,” the “Toreador Song,” and the “Flower Song,” Carmen earns its reputation as the most popular opera of all time.
“Carmen, Don José, even Micaëla and Escamillo demand strong personalities—vocal and theatrical—for this opera to succeed,” says Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins. “Their job is to replace all the images every audience member carries into the theater about these characters. I think our cast can do it.”
Making her Seattle Opera debut as Carmen is Anita Rachvelishvili, who has sung the role of the cigarette-smoking temptress at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, among others.
The New York Times called her “a significant talent” and found her “in her element in scenes that required raw emotion and full-throttled singing.”
Directing her in this production is Bernard Uzan, also a designer, artist manager, actor, novelist, librettist, and former impresario.
Uzan’s previous Seattle Opera credits include Italian operas such as Pagliacci, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, La fanciulla del West, and Tosca; but he brings to Carmen, the most beloved French opera, the sensibility of a native Frenchman.
Mexican tenor Luis Chapa makes his Seattle Opera debut as Don José, the soldier tormented by his love for Carmen.
Former Seattle Opera Young Artist Michael Todd Simpson returns as Escamillo, while Norah Amsellem, last heard in Seattle as Elvira in I puritani, sings Micaëla.
Making his debut on the podium is conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi.
In the Friday/Sunday cast, Polish mezzo Malgorzata Walewska sings Carmen, with Fernando de la Mora making his company debut as Don José.
Former Seattle Opera Young Artist Caitlin Lynch makes her mainstage debut as Micäela.
Singing at all performances are Donovan Singletary as Zuniga, fresh from his Seattle Opera debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess, as well as current Young Artists Joseph Lattanzi (Moralès), Amanda Opuszynski (Frasquita), Sarah Larsen (Mercédès), Andrew Stenson (Remendado), and David Krohn (Dancäire).
The set, designed by R. Keith Brumley, comes from Lyric Opera of Kansas City; the costumes, designed by James Schuette, were first seen in Seattle Opera’s 2004 production of Carmen.
The choreographer is Peggy Hickey and the lighting designer will be Donald Edmund Thomas.

Seattle Opera’s production of Carmen is sponsored by Maryanne Tagney-Jones and David Jones.
Anita Rachvelishvili’s performances are sponsored by the James and Sherry Raisbeck Lead Singers’ Fund.
Seattle Opera’s 2011/12 Season is sponsored by Microsoft
.

Carmen premieres Saturday, October 15, and runs through Saturday, October 29.
Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at seattleopera.org, by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619, or by mobile phone at mobile.seattleopera.org.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office by visiting 1020 John Street (two blocks west of Fairview), Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Press Contacts:
Jonathan Dean,
206.676.5543
jonathan.dean@seattleopera.org
Tamara Vallejos,
206.676.5559,
tamara.vallejos@seattleopera.org

Visuals Contact:
Monte Jacobson
206.676.5545
monte.jacobson@seattleopera.org

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Carmen

Music Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
In French with English Captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
7 Performances: October 15, 19, 21, 22, 23m, 26, and 29, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; matinee begins at 2:00 p.m.

Single ticket prices start at $25
Groups Save 15%: 206.676.5588
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676/800.426.1619
Online orders: http://www.seattleopera.org

Premiere: Opéra-Comique, Paris, France, March 3, 1875
Previous Seattle Opera Presentations: 1964, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1995, 2004

Artists

Carmen: Anita Rachvelishvili† / Malgorzata Walewska*
Don José: Luis Chapa† / Fernando de la Mora†*
Escamillo: Michael Todd Simpson
Micaëla: Norah Amsellem / Caitlin Lynch†*
Moralès: Joseph Lattanzi†
Zuniga: Donovan Singletary
Frasquita: Amanda Opuszynski†
Mercédès: Sarah Larsen†
Remendado: Andrew Stenson
Dancaïre: David Krohn†

Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi†
Director: Bernard Uzan
Set Designer: R. Keith Brumley
Costume Designer: James Schuette
Lighting Designer: Donald Edmund Thomas
Choreographer: Peggy Hickey
English Captions: Jonathan Dean

Sets: Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Costumes: Seattle Opera

† Company debut
* On October 21 and 23 only

Michael Todd Simpson and Caitlin Lynch are former Seattle Opera Young Artists.
Joseph Lattanzi, Amanda Opuszynski, Sarah Larsen, Andrew Stenson, and David Krohn are current Seattle Opera Young Artists.

Learn more about Carmen! Seattle Opera offers the following educational opportunities:
Pre-Performance Talks: An hour and a half before every performance, in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, $7
Spotlight Guide: Download at seattleopera.org/spotlights (available in PDF and Kindle formats)
Free Public Previews:
9/28, 7 p.m., Edmonds Library
9/29, 2 p.m., Green Lake Library
10/1, 2:15 p.m., Kitsap Regional Library
10/3, 6:30 p.m., West Seattle Library
10/4, 7 p.m., Third Place Books
10/9, 2 p.m., Frye Art Museum
10/12, 2 p.m. Ballard Library
10/13, 12 p.m., Central Library

About Seattle Opera

Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner.
Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon. Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.

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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces Recipients of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors

Critica Classica di Marco del Vaglio:

Speight Jenkins-General Director of the Seattle Opera

Washington, D.C. – NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the recipients of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors at a meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the NEA’s advisory body on Friday, June 24, 2011.
Now in its fourth year, the NEA Opera Honors is the highest award our nation bestows in opera.
This year’s honorees are:

John Conklin, stage designer
Born in Hartford, Connecticut and lives in New York City

Speight Jenkins, general director
Born in Dallas, Texas and lives in Seattle, Washington

Risë Stevens, mezzo soprano
Born in Bronx, NY and lives in New York, NY

Robert Ward, composer
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and lives in Durham, North Carolina

Opera America is the planning and production partner for this year’s awards ceremony and also will create personalized video tributes for each honoree.

“These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Through their contributions, we have been challenged, enlightened, and charmed, and we thank them for devoting their careers to expanding and supporting their art forms.”
NEA Director of Music & Opera Wayne Brown said, “These four individuals have contributed significantly to opera in the United States, lending their talents and commitment to enhancing what we see, hear, feel, and think about opera.”

John Conklin’s conceptual design style has had an enormous influence.
He is one of the principal figures in American stage design, both for opera and for theater, and his set and costume designs are seen in opera houses, theaters, and ballet companies around the world. Concurrent with his work as a stage designer, Conklin has taught many aspiring designers through his courses in design for stage and film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Speight Jenkins is recognized nationally as a leading authority on opera and an accomplished arts administrator.
Appointed general director of the Seattle Opera in 1983, he strengthened and expanded the company as a Wagner center in the United States.
Jenkins also is known for his prolific writing about opera through reviews and articles.

Mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens virtually owned many of the great mezzo roles such as Gluck’s Orpheus and Saint-Saën’s Delilah.
She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen 124 times.
But many more fell in love with Stevens through her frequent radio appearances and through the films The Chocolate Soldier (1941) with Nelson Eddy and Going My Way (1944) with Bing Crosby.

Robert Ward is admired for his career as an American composer.
A respected conductor, administrator, and publishing executive, Ward is equally admired as an academic, having served as chancellor of the North Carolina School for the Arts and as music professor at Duke University.
Among his compositions are eight operas–including The Crucible, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize–seven symphonies, three concerti, two cantata, and songs for solo voice with accompaniment.

Full profiles of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors recipients are located on the NEA’s website.
The NEA Opera Honors were announced in conjunction with the announcement of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and NEA Jazz Master Awards recipients.
Please go to arts.gov for the list of these recipients.

The 2011 NEA Opera Honorees will be celebrated in an awards ceremony and concert in Washington, DC at the Sidney Harman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 27.
Admission is free but requires tickets which will be available in September 2011.
These four honorees each will receive a one-time award of $25,000 in recognition of their significant lifetime contributions to opera in the United States.
NEA Opera Honors recipients are nominated by the public and chosen by an NEA-convened panel of opera experts.
Past NEA Opera Honorees are John Adams, Martina Arroyo, Frank Corsaro, David, DiChiera, Carlisle Floyd, Richard Gaddes, Philip Glass, Marilyn Horne, James Levine, Lotfi Mansouri, Leontyne Price, Eve Queler, and Julius Rudel.

NEA Opera Honors
Victoria Hutter
hutterv@arts.gov
202.682.5692.

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