By Conductor, Hal France
“The essential innovation in Carmen lies in Bizet’s attitude towards the character of Carmen herself.” Leslie Wright
The composer struggled with his librettists who were conservative and afraid of what an untamed Carmen might mean to their audience. Thanks to Bizet’s determination, interpreters today can pursue for this opera a wide range of modern dramatic choices. Carmen is a director’s opera and Opera Omaha has a really good one.
Here are some insights from Director Lillian Groag.
Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.