Briana Hunter Headlines Opera Orlando’s ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Orlando concludes its fifth-anniversary MainStage series with Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The opera, which is set to be presented in the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center, will blend Bizet’s iconic score sung in French with dialogue in a new Creole translation by Haitian linguist Dr. Jean-Elie Gilles.

“It is thrilling to be able to present this opera in such a unique way,” said artistic director Grant Preisser. “Ms. Widzer has been able to maintain the heart of the original story, Carmen’s struggle for survival in a perilous and corrupt world, while also giving it a fresh and more contemporary perspective. Haiti’s ties to France and the commonalities between the Creole language and French will create a brand-new world for Carmen, and the location not only honors the African-Caribbean origins of the Habanera, but also gives a nod to Creole as the third most commonly spoken language in Central Florida.”

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Kelly Kuo and will star Briana Hunter in the title role, Noah Stewart, Brittany Renee, and Norman Garrett.

Opera Orlando will use audience safety regulations and will monitor the development of the virus and take a conservative and considered approach to producing live theater. The opera will be performed on April 1 and 3, 2021. Carmen ENCORE! will be available Friday, April 16, 2021 through Friday, April 30, 2021.