By Georges Bizet
She’s the woman no man can resist and, as performed by mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut, who would want to say non? Hailed as “Best Newcomer” in the 2011 French Classical Music Awards, Margaine will have her hands full with two head-turning, heart-melting Don Josés: tenors Brandon Jovanovich, who sang Pinkerton to great acclaim in his most recent appearance here in 2010, and Bruno Ribeiro (making his company debut). This truly phenomenal cast, from Mary Dunleavy in the role of Micaëla to Dwayne Croft as Escamillo the Toreador, will bring on the sizzle — as well as the steak! Featuring a classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle set design from the San Francisco Opera, this production conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Bliss Hebert will make all the other good/bad girls of opera seem tame, if not lame, in comparison.
Don’t miss our first Carmen in the Winspear Opera House — because, unlike our tempestuous title character, you may live to regret it.