Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see Opera Coeur d'Alene’s production of Carmen at the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. For $30, you get two tickets for Section B seating (a $61.48 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m.
Doors open one hour before showtime.
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 supporting Carmen’s scale-vaulting voice during the habanera. This local production gives the piece a semi-staged treatment, placing the focus on the cast’s commanding voices.