Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April series comes to a dramatic close with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s thrilling performance of Bizet’s Carmen. Their production, originally broadcast in January of 2014 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd on IPR Classical.
The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of Bizet’sCarmen simmers with love, lust and revenge. Mezzo soprano and Iowa native, Janara Kellerman, sings the title role of the gypsy seductress. Tenor Alok Kumar plays the love-struck Don José, baritone Philip Torre appears as the handsome toreador Escamillo and soprano Melissa Shippen portrays the innocent Micaëla. Debuted in 1875 with a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy, Carmen would go on to become Bizet’s most famous opera. Guest stage director Bill Ferrara and CROT’s music director Daniel Kleinknecht bring the opera to life. Don’t miss the last broadcasts in Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April series featuring the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater’s production of Carmen on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd at 10:00 p.m.