Known as a world-renowned art form, operatic singing also proves useful in testing the acoustical merits of unfamiliar shower stalls or for announcing to coworkers that cake is in the conference room. Observe opera's foremost function with today's Groupon: for $28, you get two balcony tickets to Carmen performed by the Arbor Opera Theater at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (a $56 value). Choose between the following dates:
- Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Accompanied by a full orchestra and elaborate costumes, Arbor Opera Theater’s upcoming production of Carmen, Georges Bizet's famed masterpiece, melodiously tells the tragic story of a beautiful, hot-tempered gypsy who seduces the handsome officer Don José. Set in 1830s Seville, this French opera unfolds amidst dramatic knife fights, exuberant dancing, and the intoxicating clicking of tenacious castanets. Anyone—from opera devotees to classical-music novices—can tap their toes and pump their fists to Carmen ’s immediately recognizable songs, including “The Toreador Song” and “Habanera.”
Arbor Opera Theater performs this classic in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, an intimate 642-seat house, rendering ornate opera glasses and opera telescopes unnecessary. This elegant room with oak paneling and deep-red seats also features one of the nation’s few cycloramas, a curved rear wall at the back of the stage that enhances sound quality.