Marino offers a "beautifully sung," "captivating" Carmen in Atlanta


"It’s important to note that in this Americanized telling, Marino’s beautifully sung portrayal of Carmen need not be Roma (Gypsy) as in Bizet’s original nor even of Spanish heritage, just someone of free spirit, for whom Andalusian exoticism is a fantasy escape from her everyday world (thus the Flamenco dancer as her shadow). Perhaps she is a Piney Woods local, perhaps not – though for the locals in Tavern, she is already is the exotic among them by default, exuding a captivating magnetism which might find a lot more competition in the glass and steel fortresses of Houston or Dallas. But in the Tavern, she is the Queen of Diamonds and Desire."

-Earrelevant, 27 April 2021


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