Center for the Arts Presents the Virginia Opera’s ‛Carmen’

Posted: September 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Carmen poster

Georges Bizet’s universally popular “Carmen” opens Virginia Opera’s 2006-07 season at the Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., with a second performance on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.

Featuring soprano Cristina Nassif as the seductive Spanish gypsy with an eye for men in uniform, and American tenor Bryan Register making his company and role debut as Carmen’s love-struck corporal, the soldier Don Jose, the production is directed by Broadway stage director and choreographer Dorothy Danner, who fashioned the critically-acclaimed hit production of last season’s La Traviata for Nassif.

“Cristina is a natural Carmen,” says artistic director and conductor Peter Mark. “Beyond her obvious physical appeal, beauty and spectacular vocal ability, Cristina exudes the mixture of sensuality, security and spirit that has unabashedly mesmerized audiences across the globe about this spunky character for more than a century.”

Soprano Catherine Cangiano, whose career has already earned her several rave reviews in the United States and Europe, makes her company debut as Micaëla. Baritone Eric Greene returns for his eighth production with Virginia Opera.

A pre-performance discussion is held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

The production is sung in French with Digitext SuperTitles projected above the stage.

Tickets are $86, $72, and $44 on Friday, and $90, $76 and $48 on Sunday. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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