Carmen is the one you have been warned about. And you still fall in love.


Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30pm

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts


Carmen is a mesmerizing gypsy loved and desired by many, but who remains true only to herself. First a soldier, then a toreador lose themselves to her hypnotic allure and bear the consequences of learning that Carmen lives life on her own terms.

“I defy everything – fire, the sword, and heaven itself!” – Carmen

Experience the drama and passion of this great music combined with powerful staging, beautiful singing and Bizet’s rich orchestration.

Come to the opera and fall in love again—at your own peril.


From the New Orleans Opera Archives, Carmen from 2014. Photo Credit: Thomas Grosscup
Composed byGeorges Bizet
Libretto byHenri Meilhac & Ludovic Halevy
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byKeturah Stickann

Cast

CarmenJennifer Johnson Cano
Don JoseRafael Davila
EscamilloZachary Nelson
MicaelaSarah Jane McMahon
ZunigaIvan Griffin
El DancairoDennis Jesse
El RemendadoTyrone Chambers, II
MoralesSpencer Reichman
FrasquitaHaley Whitney
MercedesClaire Shackelton
Lilas Pastia, Inn KeeperPeter Gabb

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp*
Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig and Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMIndia Mack
Assistant LDMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota
Rehearsal PianistElena Lacheva

Chorus

Maureen BellinaAndrea ButlerJulie Condy
Brigid HigginsAlyssa Hernandez Paula Nestico
Kathy Rehage Sophia Riggio Quinn Rulison
Rebecca Ryan Gloria Singleton Isabella Vanderhoof
Rachel Abbate Claudia Copeland Olivia Garcia
Kerry Hayes Allison Joiner Amanda McCarthy
Valencia Pleasant Maggie Probst Julianna Starr
Shirley A. Stewart Zara Zemmels William Alber
Jethro Celestin Bart Folse Alex Furtado
Alan Gandolfi Bryton Gunther Dustin Johnson
Thomas Lin Richard Montgomery Hugo Pinto
Dylan Tran Aaron Berenson Frank Convit
William Gautreaux David Hinton Bill Lopez
Rafiq Mandal David Murray Johnny Missakian
Justin Missakian Sam Ottinger Guy Tem

Children’s Chorus

Izaura AmosAsia Brown
Lucy ChisesiFinley Cressend
Drucilla DumasGerardo Enamorado
Rori GeorgeIsabelle Higgins
Wallace Jackson, IIIMuse Macchione
Lam PhanIvanna Radovic
Chloe SotoDarius Torres-Copeland
Diego Torres-CopelandIsabella Villalobos

* Scenic designs are based on original designs by Ryan McGettigan