CARMEN
2019-20 TOUR

The gypsy Carmen is a free spirit who follows her whims and desires, intoxicating and entertaining those around her but often leaving chaos in her wake. So when the meek but handsome soldier Don José crosses Carmen’s path, it seems that he will eventually join the ranks of forlorn men whom Carmen has loved and then discarded. However, as José becomes obsessed with her, forsaking his fiancée and his career to pursue Carmen through the city of Seville and even treacherous mountain passes, the question emerges: “Who is more dangerous?” (Read a synopsis of the opera here.)

The “Habanera” and “Toreador Song” from Carmen are among the most popular arias in all of opera and have been a part of popular culture for decades. The music of Carmen is widely acclaimed for brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere, and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters.

Peach State Opera shares the thrill of live opera with small communities in the Georgia region. Scroll down to see where the company is touring this year and to learn more about the cast and crew.

September 15, 2019

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM

Cole Auditorium (Fine Arts Building)
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
3735 Memorial College Avenue
Clarkston, GA 30021

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* This performance features singers from the Atlanta Music Project, as well as music students from Clayton State University and Perimeter College, as the opera chorus.

* This performance features dancers from the Decatur Ballet/Decatur City Dance.

January 26, 2020
Sunday afternoon at 3:00PM

Ritz Theatre
1530 Newcastle Street
Brunswick, GA  31520

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^ This performance is sponsored by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities.

February 22, 2020
Saturday evening at 7:30PM

Betty Hamilton Center for the Performing Arts

Corbin High School
1903 Snyder Street
Corbin, KY 40701

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~ This performance will feature select high school students from choral programs in Southeast Kentucky as the opera chorus.

~ This performance is sponsored by the Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky.

CAST

Carmen – Amanda Caban / Heather Witt

Don José – Pedro Carrerras / Timothy Harper

Micaëla – Rachel Holmes / Carline Waugh

Escamillo – Lloyd Reshard, Jr.

Frasquita – Joanna Burrell / Carrie Anne Wilson

Mercedes – Simone Evans

Morales – Brian Adams / Timothy Marshall

Zuniga – Brian Bonin

Dancairo – Edwin “Sandy” Calloway

Remendado -Michael Vavases

PRODUCTION TEAM

Conductor/Music Director – Evelyn Hughes
Stage Director – Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Tour Pianist – Grant Jones
Set Designer – Derrick Vanmeter

This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.

Aspects of this touring production were made possible by support from the Opera Guild for Atlanta.