The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that “theatrically masterly” (Seattle Times) German/American stage director Chris Alexander has agreed to stage this season’s opening production of Georges Bizet’s CARMEN, starring French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut.
Born in Provo, Utah but a life-long resident of Germany, Alexander recently received critical acclaim for his staging of Seattle Opera’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, as well as Cincinnati Opera’s presentation of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss earlier this summer. This won’t be Alexander’s first time with the Dallas opera, he dazzled in his 2005 Dallas Opera debut with his staging of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, starring Mary Dunleavy and Marcus Haddock; returning in the spring of 2009 to direct the company’s final performances in the Music Hall at Fair Park: a delightful and daffy rendering of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri).
Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny says that “ever since Chris burst onto the American Opera scene with his brilliantly staged Boris Godunov in 2000, demand for his services has been growing exponentially. I’ve lost count of how many times he has directed for Seattle Opera in the years since, and he was honored with that company’s 2003-2004 “Artist of the Year” Award even before going on to stage universally acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. “He also has a very distinguished career in Europe where, in addition to serving as founder of the Bremen Shakespeare Company, Chris has written, translated and directed dozens of plays and operas—including CARMEN—in cultural destinations from Bern to Berlin.”
Carmen, the most irresistible bad girl in opera, was first performed in four acts in Paris on March 3, 1875. The story is set in 19th century Seville, Spain. This latest production stars: Clémentine Margaine(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José October 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro (Don José November 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock (Mercédès), Kyle Albertson (Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), William Ferguson (Remendado) and John David Boehr (Moralès).
Opening night will be simulcast free at Klyde Warren Park. Bring blankets and picnics—or take advantage of the variety of available dining options ranging from an on-site restaurant to nearby eateries and food trucks (beer and wine will be available for purchase as well).
WHEN: October 25 (special time, 8 p.m.), October 27 (Matinee) 30, November 2, 8 & 10 (matinee), 2013
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
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