Helena Symphony: A seductive, sizzling Carmen takes to the stage Saturday night

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

One of the world’s most popular operas, Bizet’s “Carmen,” opens in concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, performed by the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and guest artists at the Helena Civic Center.

While “Carmen” was a flop when it opened in Paris in 1875, because it shocked and scandalized the audience, it gained international acclaim within the decade.

It’s currently one of the top three operas performed in the world, according to opera websites.

The sexy opera about a gypsy temptress and a messy love triangle with a handsome soldier and a glamorous bullfighter continues to lure in fans.

Its well-known arias, “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song,” will likely guarantee its continued popularity, writes Opera Sense.

Helena Symphony planned to perform this concert two years ago, but COVID intervened.

As originally planned, mezzo soprano Kirstin Chavez will sing the role of Carmen. She’s earned a reputation as “one of the most riveting and significant performing mezzo sopranos today,” according to the Helena Symphony concert program.

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She’s performed Carmen all over the world, including with Opera Australia, the Welsh National Opera and Staatsoper Hannover, among many

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