Trinity-on-Main, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra to present opera 'Carmen' Friday

Published on Thursday, 8 November 2018 20:21
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN – The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will present Carmen, an opera repertory by Georges Bizet, on Friday Nov. 9 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main.

The fully staged production will be done in partnership with the Connecticut Lyric Opera.

Adrian Sylveen, executive and artistic director of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, said that the group performed Carmen about five years ago. Tonight’s presentation, however, will feature a new stage, a different concept and a singer from Boston, Massachusetts.

Sylveen will be the stage director and conductor of the production which will be staged with adult and children’s choruses directed by chorus master Dara Blackstone, all with English super-title translations.

“Set in Seville, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don Jose, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaela by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody,” Sylveen said. “He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don Jose, who has been awaiting her arrival.”

The main character, Carmen, will be portrayed by Tamra Grace Jones, silver winner of the Vancouver International Music Competition and top vocalist winner of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition. Jones has a master’s degree of music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory.

Don José will be portrayed by Tenor Daniel Juarez who has performed previously with the Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, MetroWest Opera, and Western Connecticut State University Opera Studio.

Michaela is going to be represented by Mary McCue, a former member of the Opera Theater Program at the University of Connecticut. McCue has performed in Chianty, Italy, and at several productions of the Connecticut Lyric Opera.

Justin Ryan Baritone, portraying Escamillo, has performed with the New York City Opera, as the painter Edward Hopper in Stewart Wallace’s Hopper’s Wife, and as Walt Disney in the American Premier of Philip Glass’s new grand opera.

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will be presenting Carmen in New London, Middletown and Hartford throughout November.

Tickets can be purchased online at .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Thursday, 8 November 2018 20:21. Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2018 20:23.