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2017 06 07 CARMEN V3adjusted

The season begins with the Spanish exoticism of Bizet’s beguiling gypsy ‘Carmen’ October 20 & 22. Set in Seville, the upright soldier Don Jose finds himself bewitched by the hedonistic gypsy Carmen. His growing obsession with her collides with Carmen’s desire for freedom in both life and love, pushing them headlong toward one of opera’s most chilling climaxes. Bullfighter Escamillo’s ‘Toreador Song’ and Carmen’s seductive ‘Habañera’ have long since found their way into American popular culture in the form of movie soundtracks, TV commercials, and video games. ‘Carmen’ will feature stage direction by Beth Greenberg and choreography by Marisa Guzman. Christian Capocaccia, who led last season’s ‘Rigoletto,’ will conduct. Mezzo-soprano Vanessa Cariddi, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004, will play the role of Carmen, with up-and-coming tenor Noah Stewart as Don Jose. CNY natives Gregory Sheppard and Julia Ebner play officer of the guard Zuniga and gypsy smuggler Frasquita, respectively. 



Crouse-Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Sung in French with projected surtitles

All attendees are invited to attend the free conductors pre-talk an hour prior to each performance

CARMEN dancers

 CARMEN habanera

CARMEN Luis Orozco as Escamillo

CARMEN Noah Stewart and Vanessa Cariddi and Gregory Sheppard and Julia Ebner


CARMEN Luis Orozco as Escamillo and Vanessa Cariddi as Carmen

Production Team and Cast Information

Christian Capocaccia, Conductor

Beth Greenberg, Stage Director

Vanessa Cariddi, Carmen

Noah Stewart, Don Jose

Jennifer Goode Cooper, Micaela

Luis Orozco, Escamillo

Gregory Sheppard, Zuniga

Martin Fisher, Dancaire

Brooke Larimer, Mercedes

K'idar Miller, Remendado

Jacob O'Shea, Morales

Symphoria, Orchestra

Syracuse Opera Chorus, Ensemble