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MCA Stage Roundtable: Carmen: New Renderings

Mon, Apr 20, 2009

Chicago Opera Theater

Courtesy of Chicago Opera Theater

FREE, Reservations suggested at 312.704.8420 ext 23 or education@chicagooperatheater.org

One of the most unwavering classics in the operatic canon, the story of Carmen has provided interpretive fodder for many great thinkers and artists. Extending MCA’s investigation into the intersections between different art disciplines, director Andrew Eggert and conductor Alexander Platt of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) discuss their investigation of Carmen’s deconstructionist unraveling by Peter Brook and the 21st century realization of this piece in COT’s new production of La Tragédie de Carmen. They are joined by Spanish film scholar Samuel Amago (University of Notre Dame) who explores acclaimed film director Carlos Saura’s projection of Carmen onto cinematic screens in his flamenco retelling of this story.
Presented in partnership with Chicago Opera Theater and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.

MCA Stage film screening: Carlos Saura’s Carmen
Tuesday, April 21, 4 and 6 pm
as a part of MCA’s Free Tuesdays
Spanish film scholar Samuel Amago (University of Notre Dame) introduces each screening Mérimée’s classic tale Carmen has been a source of artistic inspiration, not least as the source for one of the most famous operas of all time. In recognition of its continued influence in our time, and in conjunction with Chicago Opera Theater’s production of La Tragédie de Carmen, the MCA presents another contemporary take on this fascinating tale. Filmmaker Carlos Saura’s Carmen, about a fictional rehearsal for Bizet’s opera, is set in a flamenco dance school. The first in his critically acclaimed flamenco trilogy, Carmen (1983, 102 min) features many flamenco legends including guitarist Paco de Lucia, dancer/chorographers Cristina Hoyos and the late Antonio Gades (whose original stage show is the source for Saura’s film), and Laura del Sol in the title role.


Sponsored in part by Instituto Cervantes Chicago