For $17, today's side deal gets you one general-admission adult ticket to see Bizet's classic tale, Carmen, performed by the Bel Cantanti Opera Company on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are normally $35 for adults. The show is at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. This adaptation of Carmen is a slightly streamlined version of the dramatic masterpiece—the chorus has been removed—though the original music and plot remain fully intact.
The story follows military man Don Jose, who falls helmet over boots for a gypsy girl named Carmen. As he spirals into an obsessive jealous spell, his world begins to crumble faster than Sid's first cookie. Don Jose's consuming passion for Carmen leads to disgraceful acts that can only be described operatically. The production is sung in French, with English supertitles and English dialogue.
- …an absolute delight, an enjoyable evening for opera aficionados and the perfect opportunity for timid newbies to be surprised at just how much fun light opera can be. – Washington Times
- The future of opera as fun, rather than spectacle or museum piece, lies with such groups as Katerina Souvorova's Bel Cantanti Opera. – Mark J. Estren, Washington Post