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Chattanooga Symphony & Opera: Bizet’s Carmen

April 11, 2019
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 3:00am

Organizer: Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Phone: (423) 267-8583 http://chattanoogasymphony.org

Grand opera is returning to Chattanooga once again with Bizet’s Carmen. Slated for the Chattanooga Symphony
& Opera’s 2018/19 season, the CSO is excited to build on the momentum behind grand opera garnered by the
success of Madame Butterfly during the 2016/17 season. The opera was last performed by the CSO in October,

“We had financial and programmatic success with bringing back grand opera last season with Madame
Butterfly,” states CSO Executive Director, Samantha Teter. “The excitement from the community around opera
was palpable, and we are excited to bring a fully staged grand opera back again in the 2018/19 season with this
classic opera.”

Carmen is set in southern Spain and centers on Carmen, a beautiful and fiery gypsy girl who seduces Don José, a straight-laced soldier in the army. The tale that unfolds is one of passion, obsession, and spurned love. When
Carmen made its debut in 1875 it was met with harsh criticism and negative reviews – with a scandalous heroine
and the portrayal of characters as real men and women with raw emotions, Carmen was far from the conventional operas of that day.

Today, Carmen has become a worldwide operatic phenomenon, and is a favorite among long-time opera
enthusiasts and those new to opera. “For those of you who’ve experienced Bizet’s Carmen live, you will
completely understand why we’ve chosen it for our next production,” states Music Director Emeritus and opera
conductor, Bob Bernhardt. “The music is glorious and sensual, the story is timelessly tragic, and it’s a vocal and
orchestral tour de force, filled with famous melodies and glorious ensembles. If you’ve never been to Carmen,
take this chance! The Tivoli Theater is a wonderful opera house, and you’ll get to ‘feel’ every moment of this
masterpiece in an intimate, personal way. You’ll experience what opera lovers have known for nearly 150 years:
Carmen is breathtakingly beautiful, and completely unforgettable!

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