A review and photo by Larry Wagner
Opera Fresca‘s rendition of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Cotton Auditorium is delicious. Filomena Francesca Tritto gives a distinctive and highly credible interpretation of this gypsy cigarette factory girl as she seduces and abandons poor Don José, a handsome young and weak willed corporal of the dragoons. Her low, sultry voice is perfect for the role, capturing the audience in the first act with the famous Habanera aria and never letting go. Clare Barca, the heart and soul of Opera Fresca along with Adam Juran, Assistant Director and one of the singers, have brought together a marvelous cast of voices that you don‘t want to miss. Carmen has a large cast with smugglers, dancers, gypsies, street urchins, soldiers and a toreador with his retinue – something for everyone. The costuming is bright and Carmen‘s red dress swirling though her dancing is great.
Did I say don‘t miss it? Well, don‘t. We are so blessed to have these marvelous theatric productions in this area, but they can‘t continue if we don‘t support them.
Carmen will be playing on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 29 at 3pm. Tickets are $18 and $38. They are available at the Mendocino Hotel, Harvest Market, at the door, or by calling 1-888-82-OPERA or 707-937-3646.