A discussion of Carmen will kickoff Spotlight on Opera, Saint Louis Opera Theatre’s popular series, exploring the ideas behind the music of Carmen on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ethical Society in Clayton.
Individual tickets are available for $10; a subscription to the four Monday evening peresentions is $30.
Carmen is the greatest hit of French opera, but it pulses with Spanish rhythms. How does that flamenco sound inspire such passion? Why does Bizet’s music hold such power over us, after 140 years? Deborah Baldini, Teaching Professor of Spanish at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and John Kasica, principal percussionist for the St. Louis Symphony, are joined by Carmen’s conductor Carlos Izcaray and director Stephen Barlow.
Offered on four Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. from April 30 through May 21 a, Spotlight on Opera brings together Opera Theatre artists, community leaders, and scholars for unique perspectives and unforgettable insights into the operas in the 2012 Festival Season. The operas to be discussed are Carmen, Sweeney Todd, Cosi fan tutte, and Alice in Wonderland.
Guest panelists this season include a Tony Award-winning singer and actress, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a leading clinical psychiatrist, an enterprising small business owner, St. Louis’s top percussionist, and an award-winning Spanish professor. These panelists join the conductor and director of each opera, as well as singers from Opera Theatre’s Gerdine Young Artist apprentice program, who perform musical highlights from each opera. The programs are moderated by Opera Theatre General Director Timothy O’Leary.