- $20 for one ticket to see State Street Ballet’s Carmen (up to $31 value)
- When: Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: The Granada Theatre
- Seating: orchestra level
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Though George Bizet’s Carmen is now considered one of the greatest operas of all time, its initial 1875 production was plagued by controversy over its titillating themes of seduction and murder. Carmen’s tempting of the soldier Don José away from his beloved Micaëla, her consorting with the toreador Escamillo, and her eventual death at the hands of her jealous ex were considered by some critics to be unfit for audiences. Though Bizet did not live to see his brainchild hailed as one of the first operas to make use of realistic settings, such as the cigarette factory where Carmen and her chorus members work, audiences can still enjoy the loping strains of “The Toreador Song” and the sudden bursts of sound during the habanera.
State Street Ballet’s Carmen tells the original’s poignant story through the gorgeous choreography of frequent collaborator William Soleau. Showing off the skills that won him the 2006 Choo San-Goh Award for Choreography, Soleau brings the story to life with dance that draws equally from classical and contemporary balletic traditions while assuring each that he loves them best.
State Street Ballet
Shakespeare, 19th-century opera, traditional fairytales—State Street Ballet casts its net wide when looking for inspiration. This approach yields profits, though. By searching for well-known tales outside the canon of classical ballet, the company is able to experiment with choreography while taking bold narrative risks. Innovative special effects further transform each performance into a unique, powerfully immersive experience capable of entrancing audiences.