IO opens with 'Carmen' 


Love, jealousy and defiance will open Indianapolis Opera’s season in Bizet’s Carmen. Set in Seville, the colorful cast of characters, intoxicating dances and riveting drama make Carmen one of today’s most popular operas.

After Carmen captures the heart of the young soldier Don Jose, she locks her sights on the handsome toreador Escamillo. After a passionate confrontation outside the bullring, Carmen rejects Don Jose’s pleas to take him back.

The opera is sung in French with English surtitles projected above the stage and features the Indianapolis Opera Chorus and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Performances are Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Overture, a pre-opera discussion, will be held 45 minutes before curtain. Join host Michael Sells for an informative discussion about the music, the plot, the singers and all things related to Carmen. An Opening Weekend Celebration will be held under the tent at Norris Plaza Friday at 6 p.m. including a Cocktail Buffet and Afterglow. Sunday at 12:30 p.m. a Champagne Brunch will be offered. Call 317-283-3531 for reservations. Tickets to Carmen are $20-$110. Call 317-283-3470 or go to


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