Opera Grand Rapids presents "Carmen"

Devos Performance Hall

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A rising mezzo-soprano stars in one of the greatest operas of all time at a costumes-encouraged Halloween performance

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Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on 10/31 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at DeVos Performance Hall. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 90 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to seeOpera Grand Rapids present Carmen
  • When: Friday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: DeVos Performance Hall
  • Door time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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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.

Slinking into the role of the title character is Sicilian mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, a rising star who instantly made the role of Carmen her own when she debuted in the role with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011. After that performance, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote that she “easily conveyed the allure and willful recklessness of Bizet’s Gypsy temptress. Her voice has dark, rich colorings and considerable body.” At this Halloween performance, audiences are encouraged to dress up in a costume, or remove their human mask for the first time in the year.

Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids—producing professional opera in West Michigan since 1967—makes the most of each performance by featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, a cast of national opera singers, and the regional Opera Grand Rapids Chorus. For the productions, Opera Grand Rapids engages a cast of internationally acclaimed artists, stage directors, conductors, choreographers, set designers, costume designers, and others, in addition to the regional Grand Rapids Symphony, and Opera Grand Rapids Chorus and Children’s Chorus. For additional details, click here.

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