Pacific Opera Project Flies Into the ‘Ford’ with ‘Carmen’

Dane Suarez and Nora Graham-Smith in Carmen (photo courtesy of Pacific Opera Project)

Pacific Opera Project takes over the Ford Amphitheater this Saturday, September 1, 2018, with its most ambitious project to date: a staging of Bizet’s “Carmen” with a full cast, two choruses, and a 31 piece orchestra.

Nora Graham-Smith will portray the sultry Carmen, reprising a role she has previously sung under the baton of the legendary conductor Lorin Maazel. Other performers include Dane Suarez as the beguiled soldier Don José, Babatunde Akinboboye, and Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr, among others. Josh Shaw, whose most recent production was POP’s wonderful “La Gazetta” directs and Michael Powers conducts.

“Carmen” is one of the best-loved and most accessible operas in the standard repertoire, and POP’s one night only staging under the stars in Hollywood is sure to enchant. Showtime is 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018. Tickets are available at the Pacific Opera Project’s Website.

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