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Communique: 4 Performances Of "Intoxicating" Opera | "Carmen" At UNCW

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Carmen rehearsal: Gypsy Song

This summer, Opera Wilmington presents Carmen, the masterpiece by Georges Bizet. It's a tragedy, but a lively and often comic one, with the gypsy Carmen at the center. Australian musicologist Sally Macarthur says Carmen has been called every name in the book, from a seductress to a victim-some say she's a feminist. Opera Wilmington's Artistic Director Nancy King goes with the latter.

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Chelsea Keane Holmes as "Carmen" at rehearsal

Listen above to Nancy King talk about the opera in excerpts from Opera Wilmington's visit to WHQR for A Little Lunch Music. Nancy is joined by performers and pianist Elizabeth Loparits.

There are only 4 performances of the show: Friday, July 21 at 7:00; Sunday, July 23 at 3:00pm; Friday, July 28 at 7:00; and Sunday, July 30 at 3:00. The first Friday performance is preceded by the Gala opening night reception (tickets required), and the final Sunday performance is followed by a cast party (open to all).  

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Elizabeth McKay Field as Micaëla and Michael Rallis as Don José, Carmen rehearsal

The show is at UNCW's Main Stage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are available through the Kenan Box Office 910-962-3500; an hour prior to each performance, walk-up tickets will be available (if there are any) at the Box Office in the Cultural Arts Building

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Carmen finale, rehearsal