In Review: Anderson and Griffin shine in Opera Birmingham's "Tragedy of Carmen"

"three redeeming features make this production worthwhile. . . Second is the cast. . . Portraying a voluptuous Carmen, contralto Alissa Anderson sang the “Habanera” with power and passion as she searched for Don José, soon after presenting a more reflective “Seguidilla.” . . .Bass-baritone Calvin Griffin, as the dapper toreador Escamillo, sang with equal conviction."

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"The smoldering Alissa Anderson breathed life into Carmen, a gypsy "hostess" giving her unquenchable affection for the right price. Anderson provided a bellowing voice with sensuality. Her skilled seductions lead to danger when a soldier becomes lost in Carmen's raw attraction. . . The cast was layered with grand performances. Calvin Griffin as the dashing matador, Escamillo."

-Broadway World

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