bizet, carmen
Kentucky Opera
brown theatre
2019

Lighting Design: Marnie Cumings
Choreographer: Kathryn Van Meter
Conductor: Joseph Mechavich
Photos copyright Bill Brymer

La Carmencita. She is the epitome of beauty, talent, brains, and sass. Through the timeless music by Georges Bizet, we get to know the wily Carmen and her Romany family. Another thing that we learn is that the title character is a victim of abuse. Almost every production that I have seen and/or been in has had Carmen as a strong woman, but rarely does she get to fight off her offenders. However, the Kentucky Opera took a different approach to Carmen’s portrayal.

...I appreciate the Kentucky Opera production team, director Dan Wallace Miller and General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison’s vision in addressing the issue of abuse in a creative and memorable way.

- Annette Skaggs, Arts Louisville