CAST LIST (subject to change)
Carmen: Renée Rapier
Don José: Dane Suarez
Micaëla: Hope Briggs

Escamillo: Zachary Gordin
Zuniga: Christopher Filipowicz
Frasquita: Lila Khazoum
Mercédès: Danielle Marcele Bond
Remendado: Michael Dailey
Moralès/Dancaïro: Brian James Myer

With the Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus
and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir

To our loyal supporters, 

After many discussions with the City of Walnut Creek, Parks & Recreation, and the Lesher Center for the Arts it has been determined that we will not be able to produce, rehearse, or perform Carmen in August 2021 with the level of safety, quality or preparation that is a hallmark of Festival Opera productions. We have been advised to produce the work in a later season, as Carmen involves a children’s chorus, adult chorus, large cast, orchestra and crew. The storytelling and highlighting of social themes that we intend with this production requires all the time, development and rehearsal that would be afforded to us in non-pandemic times. 


For our 2021 season, we will bring you A Jake Heggie Triptych, with a small and fully vaccinated cast in live performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts. We will program this production of Carmen as part of our 2023 season, bringing you this incredible cast, led by Renée Rapier in her first Carmen, and it’s my hope that you will join us then.

With heavy heart and deepest gratitude,

Zachary Gordin

General Director


Fueled by reckless passion, and insatiable desire, Seville’s hottest woman has one creed: to live, and die free. Along the way she meets Don José, an army corporal promised to his childhood sweetheart Micaëla, but Carmen - she has other plans for him... Fast forward, and Escamillo, the champion bullfighter enters the scene. After some serious song and dance, Carmen turns her affections toward this new flame, and Don José  will stop at nothing to win her back. Watch their stories unfold, in this production full of local flavor, dance, and soaring voices! 

Mark Foehringer, Director

Bryan Nies, Conductor


Rescheduled to the 2023 Season

Hofmann Theatre - Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek