All About Austin Opera’s Production of Carmen
Here are links to the websites for the leading cast members of Austin Opera’s production of Carmen:
Carmen – Sandra Piques Eddy
Don José – Chad Shelton
Escamillo – Norman Garrett
Michaela – Heather Phillips
Production Notes from Michael Cavanaugh
Stage Director Michael Cavanaugh shares some insights into this new production, set in 1970’s Spain.
All About Bizet
Learn about George Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875)
*appropriate for Elementary aged students
All About Bizet and Carmen
Interesting background info on Bizet and the first production of Carmen
DENYCE GRAVES sings the “Habanera”
*Denyce Grave has become well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayal of Carmen. This video is a wonderful concert performance of the aria.
Denyce Graves website
Video excerpt from Carmen: “Children’s Chorus” of San Jose Opera
*This children’s chorus is a classic and a fun one to sing!
CARMEN CHEAT SHEET – Opera Australia
*This page includes some fun, basic facts about the opera, including this “quirky fact to impress your students:
“Carmen has inspired countless adaptations – including a 2001 movie called Carmen: the Hip Hopera, starring Beyoncé Knowles!”
Metropolitan Opera Guild – Carmen materials
*This teacher guide includes some great questioning strategies, student engagement activities and role-play exercises to guide students in their study of opera and the story of Carmen. It also does a good job of analyzing the music, identifying recurring motifs and important use of rhythm in Bizet’s score.
Learning Guide to CARMEN movie
*This learning guide has some very helpful background information about the history of the opera, the characters, and bullfighting. It also has some valuable discussion questions, including SEL (social and emotional learning) themes. We will use clips from the Met 1989 movie version in our docent presentations.