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Opera Theatre to present one-hour, English adaptation of Bizet's 'Carmen'

by UofL Today last modified Nov 23, 2010 09:32 AM

University of Louisville's Opera Theatre is putting a new spin on one of the world's most-performed operas when it takes "The Essential Carmen" on the road to a Louisville restaurant Dec. 2 and 3.

Opera Theatre to present one-hour, English adaptation of Bizet's 'Carmen'

Bethany Stiles plays the beautiful and ill-tempered gypsy Carmen. (photo by Jan Abbott)

Based on "Carmen," Georges Bizet's best-known, and last, work, "The Essential Carmen" tells the classic story of love and betrayal in less than an hour — and in English.

Five singers perform all parts and interact with the audience, which also has a role in the performance.

"The audience becomes everyone else in the scene," director Mike Ramach said. "They are the spectators at the bar, bullfight, et cetera. The cast goes through the audience and plays to them as if they are part of the story. It should be interesting."

A fall production is new this year for the opera theater program.

"The opera is an opportunity for our advanced students to perform in an unconventional setting in the community. The Rudyard Kipling is a venue for small, experimental theater productions, alternative music and other unconventional performances," Ramach said. "So you can get dinner, a drink and see this contemporary take on a classic."

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. both days. There is no set admission price. Patrons are asked to pay what they can at the door. Dinner reservations are available beginning at 6 p.m. by calling the Rudyard Kipling at 502-636-1311. Rudyard Kipling is at 422 W. Oak St.

"The Essential Carmen" is recommended for mature audiences.

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