Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see the Worcester Chorus perform Carmen the Musical presented by Music Worcester at Mechanics Hall. For $20, you get one adult ticket for best available seating on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $42.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Carmen the Musical
On the streets of Seville, naïve soldier Don José falls under the spell of the gypsy Carmen. After forsaking his children, his sweetheart, and his military duties, he still loses his newfound flame to Escamillo, a dashing bullfighter. Spurred into a jealous rage, Don José seeks revenge in violence, leading to a climactic end. Throughout Carmen, operatic classics carry the narrative, including the instantly recognizable "Habanera," which rises and falls as it laments love's fleeting nature. Other showstoppers include the triumphant, horn- and flute-filled "Les Toreadors," which opens the show with the energy of a toddler on a pure-sugar diet.
The 120-member Worcester Chorus, joined by the Worcester Children’s Chorus and guest soloists, sings an abridged, English-language version of Bizet’s masterpiece. This concert version focuses solely on the music, serving as an accessible, all-ages introduction to the 19th-century drama. Before the show, at 7 p.m., a pre-concert talk led by opera expert Steven Ledbetter dives into the little-known facts of Bizet and his classic story to enrich audience understanding.
Though this merchant sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Music Worcester programs music and dance performances throughout most of the year, but it categorizes itself as "the oldest music festival in the United States." Indeed, the breadth and reach of its concerts are akin to those of a major classical music or dance festival, drawing in innovative groups and performers from around the world.
Many of these decidedly modern events blossom amid the elegant vaulted ceilings, intricate archways, and grand pipe organ of Mechanics Hall. The space’s finely calibrated acoustics show off the sounds of classical concerts, ballets, and popular music, and its near-perfect aural qualities have made it a favorite destination for recording and echo-making competitions.