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“From her first appearance as the seductive gypsy who prizes freedom above all else, Chavez sounded terrific. Singing her mesmerizing entrance piece, the “Habanera,” her smoky, richly colored voice shaped the music in expressive, voluptuous phrases. Haughty and intense, she radiates sensuality with a minimum of schtick. And her singing is secure, unfettered and beautiful right up to the opera’s tragic final scene.” San Jose Mercury News
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“As Carmen, Lisa Chavez was sultry and disdainful. Her voice is very loud and her performance was strongly physical and easy to read…The supporting cast were most impressive, and the smugglers’ quintet “Nous avons en tête une affaire” in Act II was utterly charming. As Dancaïre, Eugene Brancoveanu had a wonderful stage presence and a lovely, warm voice, which was a particular pleasure.” San Francisco Classical Voice
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“Opera San Jose’s lineup is loaded. Lisa Chavez was born to play Carmen, equipped with the classic Carmen look, vocal power and attitude. Kirk Dougherty sings Don Jose with a spinto tenor and an effective, edgy ring in the top notes. The final phrases of his Flower Song are heart-breakingly tender and fragile. Conductor Joseph Marcheso led the orchestra in a sumptuous reading of Bizet’s score, particularly in the delicate interplay of flute and harp (and later, exquisite swells of strings) in the Act 3 entre’acte.” Operaville Blog
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No man can resist Carmen’s Gypsy charms, especially Don José, a naive soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Carmen. Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, and in a jealous rage, Don José kills Carmen.  More…

Sung in French with English supertitles.