Syracuse Opera Premieres "Carmen"

Classic Opera Begins New Season

Syracuse Opera begins a new season with the classic “Carmen” - written by French composer Georges Bizet in 1875.

The show is set in Southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a soldier who is seduced by the gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts his military duties for Carmen, who ends up falling in love with matador Escamillo. The show was highly controversial depicting immorality, lawlessness, jealousy, and murder, which broke new ground in French Opera.

The Associate Conductor of Syracuse Opera Nancy James and actor Luis Orozco, who portrays the bullfighter Escamillo in the local production, say the opera is a classic due to the tragic storyline and engaging music.

Sung in French with an English translation projected as super titles above the stage, "Carmen" plays the Crouse Hinds Theater on Friday, October 20th at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm.

Mezzo-soprano Vanessa Cariddi will play the title role with tenor Noah Stewart as "Don Jose." CNY natives Gregory Sheppard and Julia Ebner play officer of the guard "Zuniga" and gypsy smuggler "Frasquita," respectively. 

Tickets start at $26, and student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets call (315) 476-7372 or visit,


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