Carmen at the Houston Grand Opera

When Georges Bizet composed the music for his opera, Carmen in 1874, he had no idea that it would become one of the world’s most famous operas. As a matter of fact, he considered it to be a flop. Yet it is one of the most dynamic operas ever written. Houston Grand Opera does a great job continuing the brilliant legacy of this ageless story with its presentation of Carmen.

Ana Maria Martinez, the soprano who sings the part of Carmen, was the perfect choice. She is sexy, coy, alluring, flirtatious, manipulative, beautiful, and can sing and dance to perfection. It is no wonder that all of the men in the cast longed for her attention.

Both Brandon Jovanovich singing tenor, Don Jose, her lover, and Ryan McKinny, singing base-baritone, Escamillo, bullfighter and second lover, provided outstanding performances, with McKinny’s rendition of the enduring “toreador song” especially memorable.

An added bonus was the choreography provided by the Houston Ballet. The dancing contributed to the action throughout the opera with the elegant costumes and graceful movement of the dancers.

The opera is a “must see.”

Rating: 5 stars! Best!

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