Theater & Arts

A tempestuous ‘Carmen’ in Visalia

Isabel Contreras plays the title role in the Visalia Opera Company production of ‘Carmen.’
Isabel Contreras plays the title role in the Visalia Opera Company production of ‘Carmen.’ Special to The Bee

A condensed version of Georges Bizet’s popular opera “Carmen,” narrated by Susan Mathews, will be presented in four performances by the Visalia Opera Company at 210 Cafe. Co-directors are Rosalinda Verde and Elisha Wilson.

The cast includes Isabel Contreras as Carmen, Aaron Burdrick as Don Jose, Heather Chu as Micaela and Lim Forgey as Escamillo. The opera is in French with English supertitles.

Verde, who also is producing “Carmen,” promises a “fun, interactive evening with a new twist on a classic.”

The company, founded in 2009, has produced three fully staged and orchestrated opera productions, one of which was an original mariachi opera titled “El Bracero,” Verde says. The group’s mission: to offer the community an accessible and innovative take on opera classics and provide a professional platform for students aspiring for careers in the arts.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Nov. 6; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, at 210 Cafe, 210 Center Ave., Visalia. www.voccarmen.brownpapertickets.com, 559-802-3266. Tickets: $35 VIP, $20 general, $15 student.

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