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Carmen (Opera by Bizet, Cal Opera Festival Finale)

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Carmen (Opera by Bizet, Cal Opera Festival Finale)

Time: August 3, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Tower Theatre
Street: 815 East Olive Avenue
City/Town: Fresno
Website or Map: http://www.californiaopera.org
Phone: 559-225-6737 (CAL-OPERA)
Event Type: music, opera, classical, art, family, live, free
Organized By: CALIFORNIA OPERA ASSOCIATION
Latest Activity: Jul 9

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California Opera’s 20th annual summer opera festival finale features Carmen, the wild Spanish gypsy, who is unscrupulous in matters of the law and of the heart. Fully staged opera in French with English supertitles, set in 1830s Seville, Carmen (Alexandra Jerinic 8/3 and Linda Baird 8/4) seduces Don José (Ara Karapetian) who is arrested for breach of duty. A month later, a famous bullfighter, Escamillo (Gabriel Manro) flirts with Carmen, who rebuffs him because she is waiting for José to be released from jail. When José arrives, Carmen rewards him, but since he attacked a superior officer he has no choice but to run away with Carmen to the mountains. Carmen grows bored with José and advises him to go home to his mother and Micaela (Erika Alatorre), then Escamillo invites everyone to his next bullfight. Carmen is on Escamillo's arm, as José is outside the arena. José begs Carmen to come away with him, but she refuses, saying that she was born free and will die free. In a jealous rage, José takes matters into his own hands while the crowd inside the arena cheers Escamillo to victory.  

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