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Carmen Bizet Festival Opera Walnut Creek CA



CARMEN by Georges Bizet

August 18, 2023 - 7:30 PM

August 20, 2023 -2:00 PM

Hofmann Theatre - Lesher Center for the Arts

Carmen has one creed: to live and love on her own terms.


She never thought it would come to this…

Famous for its use of Spanish and Cuban dances such as the Habañera and Seguidilla, Carmen has some of the most well-known music of the operatic repertoire. Inspired by the real, scandalous tales collected by Prosper Mérimée, the author of the original 1845 novella, Carmen is a dramatic tale of love, jealousy and tragedy. It tells the story of a hopeless soldier, Don José, who becomes obsessed with Carmen, a fiery woman with an appetite for love and somewhat shady business ventures. Abandoning his childhood sweetheart Micaëla and turning his back on his military career, the opera follows José in his pursuit of Carmen’s attention. Though, despite his efforts, stalking, and desperation, Don José’s quest for love doesn’t end how he’d hoped…


Carmen: Taylor Raven

Don José: Dane Suarez

Micaëla: Hope Briggs

Escamillo: Young Kwang Yoo

Frasquita: Lila Khazoum

Mercédès: Lily Bogas

Remendado: Taylor Thompson

Moralés/Dancaïro: Andrew Fellows

Zuniga: Matthew Lovell


Conductor: Robert Mollicone

Director: Michael Mohammed

Chorus Master: Bruce Olstad 

With the Festival Opera Orchestra & Chorus

and the Pacific Boychoir Academy

Director of Production: Frédéric O. Boulay

Scenic Design: Peter Crompton

Lighting Design: Matthew Antaky

Costumes: Joy Graham-Korst

Makeup: Kristen Campbell & Denise Gutierrez

Rehearsal Pianist: Chun Mei Wilson

Performed in French with English supertitles

Running time: approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. 

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