Carmen

Carmen received a 4 out of 4 Star Review from the Grand Rapids Press, and was called “A sizzler with a dynamic presentation,” “richly layered” and “true-to-life.”

Read the whole review here.

Left: John Bellemer (Don José), Right: Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen)

Left: John Bellemer (Don José), Right: Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen)

Bizet Carmen Opera Grand Rapids

A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances

 

Presented at DeVos Performance Hall
7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2014
Presented in French with English titles

Conducted by Robert Lyall             Directed by Candace Evans

No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out!  Georges Bizet’s compelling story of drama’s ultimate femme fatale features some of the greatest music ever written. Carmen is grand opera at its finest, making it one of the most loved and well-known operas. Carmen was performed with over 50 adult and youth chorus singers and featured the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

 

Pictures From The Show

 

Meet The Cast

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Ginger Costa-Jackson starring as Carmen

“Ginger Costa-Jackson is giving a tour-de-force, take-no-prisoners performance…she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. …is a singer, stylist and actress of tremendous gifts.” – See more at: http://www.gingercostajackson.com/press/#sthash.QNjWPv5t.dpuf
“Ginger Costa-Jackson is giving a tour-de-force, take-no-prisoners performance…she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. …is a singer, stylist and actress of tremendous gifts.” – See more at: http://www.gingercostajackson.com/press/#sthash.QNjWPv5t.dpuf
“Ginger Costa-Jackson is giving a tour-de-force, take-no-prisoners performance…she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. …is a singer, stylist and actress of tremendous gifts.” – See more at: http://www.gingercostajackson.com/press/#sthash.QNjWPv5t.dpuf
“Ginger Costa-Jackson is giving a tour-de-force, take-no-prisoners performance…she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. …is a singer, stylist and actress of tremendous gifts.” – See more at: http://www.gingercostajackson.com/press/#sthash.QNjWPv5t.dpuf
“The Carmen was Ginger Costa-Jackson, a ravishing mezzo-soprano from Italy…who easily conveyed the allure and willful recklessness of Bizet’s Gypsy temptress. Her voice has dark, rich colorings and considerable body.” – See more at: http://www.gingercostajackson.com/press/#sthash.QNjWPv5t.dpuf

“The Carmen was Ginger Costa-Jackson, a ravishing mezzo-soprano from Italy… who easily conveyed the allure and willful recklessness of Bizet’s Gypsy temptress. Her voice has dark, rich colorings and considerable body.”

-Anthony Tomasini, New York Times

“Ginger Costa-Jackson is giving a tour-de-force, take-no-prisoners performance… she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. …is a singer, stylist and actress of tremendous gifts.”

– James Sohre, Opera Today

“The Carmen, Ginger Costa-Jackson, a Sicilian mezzo still in her mid-20s, was a marvel as an actress and had the sultry lower register (and pleasing appearance) that makes a fine Carmen.”

– Opera Warhorses

Ginger Costa-Jackson is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist
Development Program, and a Samling Scholar. In 2012 Ginger debuted the role of Bizet’s
Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival, and her European debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana
with the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last season she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as
Smaragdi in Francesca da Rimini and Mercedes in Carmen, and the Marchesa di Pozzo in Verdi’s Un
Giorno di Regno with Glimmerglass Opera. In 2013-14 she returns to the Metropolitan Opera for
Cosi fan Tutte, and Falstaff, and debuts Virginia Opera as Carmen. Future engagements include her
debut at Vancouver Opera in the role of Carmen and her debut in the role of Rosina with Austin
Lyric Opera. She will also perform El Gato con botas with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York
and return to the Metropolitan Opera as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana.
Recently she performed Rosette in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Massenet’s
Manon, made her San Francisco Opera debut in Nixon in China, sang Marie in Rossini’s Moise et
Pharaon with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, and the role of Puss in the 2010 US
premier of Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas with the Gotham Chamber Opera. Ms Costa-
Jackson’s former Met roles include Nancy T’sang, First Secretary in Nixon in China; Wowkle in
La fanciulla del West; Eine Theatergarderobiere/Der Gymnasiast/Ein Groom in Berg’s Lulu;
cover for Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana; Myrtale in Thaïs; and
Rosette in Manon, 2008 Opening Night Gala. In 2009 she debuted with the San Francisco
Symphony as Celia in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Ms. Costa-Jackson performed Dorabella in
Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Verbier Festival Academy, and Nerone in Monteverdi’s
L’incoronazione di Poppea with the International Institute of Vocal Arts.

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John Bellemer

John Bellemer starring as Don José

 

“American tenor John Bellemer made his Michigan Opera Theatre debut, singing Don José’s music with admirable restraint … he sang with an intelligence that produced … admirable results.”

John Guinn, Opera News

 

“Tenor John Bellemer was the conflicted Don José. … He effectively captured the character’s inner torment and dark compulsions.”

Kalen Ratzlaff, Opera News

Sarah Jane McMahon

Sarah Jane McMahon

 Sarah Jane McMahon starring as Micaela

“Bright, active, and fastidiously musical”

– New York Times

“The exquisitely sung Micaela of Sarah Jane McMahon was a perfectfoil for Shaham’s earthy Gypsy. Her Act III aria floated etherally into the auditorium in the manner of the young Eleanor Steber. Dramatically, McMahon made more of this character than is usually managed, and she was clearly an audience favorite.”

– Opera News

Ryan Kuster

Ryan Kuster

Ryan Kuster starring as Escamillo

“Ryan Kuster’s Escamillo was pure bravado.”

– SFist. com

“Handsome Ryan Kuster sang beautifully, and acted so convincingly that it was hard to believe he’s an Adler Fellow.”

The Classical Voice