- One ticket to see Kentucky Ballet Theatre Presents Carmen
- When: Friday, October 25, at 8 p.m. or Saturday, October 26, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Lexington Center
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $10 for level 3 seating (up to a $16 value)
- $15 for level 1 or 2 side sections (up to a $26 value)
- $20 for level 1 or 2 center sections (up to a $32 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student, senior, or military discounts. Children two and under are admitted free.
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.
Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s Carmen conveys the drama and action of the original with the universal language of dance. Yet vocalists from the UK Opera Theatre also lend their pipes to the show, enlivening the spectacle and its hits such as “Gypsy Dance” to create a multi-layered artistic experience.<p>
Kentucky Ballet Theatre
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.