Carmen has dumped Jose and taken up with Mister Big Shot Fancy Pants (seriously, you ought to see those pants) Escamellio the Matador. It’s the day of the big rodeo and Carmen and her sidekicks are dressed to the nines.
Frasquita is concerned while Melanie tries to convince Christina to appear on Radio Free Charleston.
Jose throws in with the smugglers! This could ruin his political future, like if he skipped out on his National Guard commitment or something. Wait a minute. Never mind. Anyway, Jose is now an outlaw.
Frasquita, Mercedes and Carmen consult the cards to see what the future holds.
Well, two out of three…..
…at least the cards didn’t say anything about getting parking tickets.
More to come.
Charleston Native John Shuffle tosses his weight around Pastia’s place as Zuniga, the scheming Captain of The Guard.
Later, Carmen and Jose share a tender, moment of foreshadowing.
There’s some nasty obsessing going on here.
If I could stand Dr. Phil, I’d suggest we enlist his aid. This just isn’t healthy.
The Quintet. Five voices soaring with lock-step precision. They nailed it. Left to right: Frasquita (Eva Vadavska Kumar), El Remendado (Mark Hornbaker), El Dancaiero (Stephen Stull), Mercedes (Melanie Larch) and Carmen (Christina Nassif).
Near the end of the quintet, El Remandado is kneeling, and saying something in French. I think they’re up to something.
With a mighty swagger, the rock-star matador Escamellio (Jimi James), strides into the room. Wives leave husbands. Girlfriends leave boyfriends. The divorce rate goes up. Mr. Stud-muffin bull-killer can have any woman he wants. And he wants Carmen.
Meanwhile, below….HEY! Channel 13’s Martin Staunton is on stage chatting up my woman! What the hell?
Photo-blogging of the Carmen Dress rehearsals continues, with this scene from Act Two, which shows Carmen partying hearty at Pastia’s Saloon after causing Jose the Soldier to go to jail for her. You know this is not going to end well.
Below you see Carmen dancing up a storm with her sidekicks Frasquita (Eva Vidavska Kumar) and Mercedes (RFC’s Resident Diva, Melanie Larch).
Last night I was privileged to be allowed into the first dress rehearsal for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s production of Georges Bizet’s classic opera, “Carmen.” All day today I’ll be posting photos that I took right here in PopCult. Above we see Mariel Van Dalsum-Boggs as Miceala, early in the first act. Below we see the first appearance of Christina Nassif as Carmen.
Check back for more photos from Carmen all day long.
If you go
The West Virginia Symphony stages the opera “Carmen” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Clay Center. Adults $12-$68, students $8-$23. Call 561-3570
or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
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