La Tragédie de Carmen Overcomes Its Shortcomings at Opera in the Heights

carmenatoith560.jpgPhoto by Deji Osinulu PhotographySishel Claverie as Carmen and Jared Guest as Escamillo in the Ruby Cast of Carmen The set-up:
Do you hear that whirring deep underground? It’s composer Georges Bizet spinning in his grave after the beating his immortal opera masterwork Carmen gets under ham-fisted director/auteur Peter Brook in his adaptation La Tragédie de Carmen. Tragedy, indeed.

Poor Bizet. First he had to die prematurely during the opera’s premiere run at Paris’s Opera-Comique, never knowing what a smash hit he had created; now, he has to endure this.

The execution:
This one-act Reader’s Digest version from 1981, closing out Opera in the Heights’ season, is an unholy mash-up of the opera, Prosper Merimee’s 1845 novella, and tons of directorial flourishes from the radical director who caused a theater stir with such Royal Shakespeare Company productions as the inmates-run-the-asylum Marat/Sade (1964) and the white

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