In Review: Faircloth, Tucker, Bowers, & Tweten in Utah Opera "Carmen"

10.10.2016

 

"Utah Opera opened its five-performance run of "Carmen" Saturday night with a stirring performance in a sold-out Capitol Theatre. . . 

 

Soprano Sarah Tucker plays Micaëla, Don José's childhood sweetheart and the opera's only unambiguously moral character. As directed by Tara Faircloth, Tucker's portrayal refutes the old trope that "good" equals "boring"; her Micaëla won over Saturday's audience with her polite but firm assertion of her boundaries in the first act and her deft handling of Don José in the third. She sang both scenes beautifully.

Baritone Christian Bowers is the production's dashing Escamillo. His singing was suave and elegant . . .

The Utah Symphony provides a stellar performance of the score under the direction of Robert Tweten. The orchestral sections that open each act were among the delights of Saturday's performance; woodwind playing was particularly enjoyable."
-Salt Lake Tribune

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