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Syracuse Opera announces 2013-2014 mainstage opera season

February 7, 2013

(Syracuse, NY) Catherine Wolff, Syracuse Opera general & artistic director, today announced that, "Syracuse Opera's 2013-2014 mainstage opera season will feature the best of Bizet, Piazzolla and Gershwin."

The season opens with five performances of the Syracuse Opera mainstage premiere of, "The Tragedy of Carmen," (La Tragédie de Carmen), director Peter Brook's ingenious adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen." It will be staged in the Mulroy Civic Center's Carrier Theater on Fridays, October 11 and 18, 2013, at 8 p.m., Sundays, October 13 and 20 at 2 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Syracuse Opera's "The Tragedy of Carmen," will be sung in French with projected English translations above the stage.

Stagebill magazine's Helen Chavez states, "Peter Brook's 'La Tragédie de Carmen,' is a streamlined production, featuring only four singers, three actors, a fifteen-piece orchestra and a set complete with the dust and dirt of Seville. The libretto and score have been reworked with playwright Jean-Claude Carrière and composer-conductor Marius Constant. In many ways the Brook production reaches back to the visceral realism of [Prosper] Mérimée's novel."

"'We make it absolutely clear we are not competing with Bizet's opera,' Brook has remarked. 'What we have done is to separate its actual core from the rest of the material. Everything is trimmed away to focus on the intense interactions, the tragedy of four people.'" Those four people include opera's most famous and best-loved characters: the impetuous gypsy Carmen, who sets her sights on the torn and tormented military officer Don José; the innocent Micaëla; and the fearless toreador Escamillo.

Syracuse Opera next presents its company premiere of the world's first tango opera, Astor Piazzolla's " Maria de Buenos Aires: A Tango Opera." It will be sung in Spanish with projected English titles in the Mulroy Civic Center's Carrier Theater on Fridays, January 31 and February 7, 2014, at 8 p.m., Sundays, February 2 and 9 at 2 p.m., and Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

"Maria de Buenos Aires: A Tango Opera" is the world's only opera composed in the seductive language of Argentine tango, and brings together the ethereal and the physical to reveal the spiritual journey of the opera's heroine. Composer Astor Piazzolla has mastered the musical language of the tango dance form to dramatize the life of Maria, who searches recklessly for love. Each step she takes is driven by haunting melodies and accompanied by an orchestra unique to the Argentine sound. Douglas Kinney Frost, Syracuse Opera director of music, states, "In Piazzolla's 'Maria de Buenos Aires: A Tango Opera,' the drama is real, the music is imperative, and your experience will be unforgettable."

Syracuse Opera's 2013-2014 mainstage season concludes with one performance of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess in Concert" on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Theater. Syracuse Opera's semi-staged "Porgy and Bess in Concert" will be sung in English with projected titles. George Gershwin's American folk opera "Porgy and Bess" features a score full of toe-tapping, finger-snapping and soul-soothing music.

Syracuse Opera 2013-2014 mainstage season tickets are now available by calling the Syracuse Opera box office at (315) 476-7372.

Meanwhile, Syracuse Opera's current 2012-2013 mainstage season continues with Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," February 8 through 17, 2013, in the Mulroy Civic Center's Carrier Theater, and Mozart's perfect comic opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," sung in Italian with projected English titles in the Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Theater on Friday evening, April 26, and Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2013. For tickets or more information, call (315) 476-7372 or visit SyracuseOpera.com.

Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement