Bizet’s Carmen

AUGUST 16-19, 2018

Kelowna Community Theatre | 1375 Water Street | Kelowna BC


Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

Artist Profiles

Barbara King


Suzanne Lommler


Steeve Michaud

Don Jose

Ernesto Ramirez

Don Jose

Lara Ciekiewicz


Geoffrey Sirett


Geoffrey Schellenberg


Jean-Philippe Lazure


Peter Monaghan


Aaron Durand


Marie Civitarese


Martina Govednik


Bernard McDonald


Kinza Tyrell

Répétiteur and Chorus Master

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Amiel Gladstone

Stage Director

Laura Mireau

Associate Children’s Chorus Master

Theresa Tsang

Stage Manager

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