Rihab Chaieb Headlines Calgary Opera’s ‘Carmen’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Calgary Opera is set to present Bizet’s “Carmen” on November 19, 23 and 25, 2022 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

“Carmen” will feature Tunisian-Canadian rising star Rihab Chaieb, Panamanian-American baritone Nmon Ford,  Canadian tenor David Pomeroy, members of the Cantaré Children’s Choir, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the McPhee Artists of the Calgary Opera. Mark Morash conducts with   Brenna Corner directing.

“The young cast will be able to bring a fresh and distinct perspective and use it to highlight the nuances of this opera,” Corner said in an official press statement. “It’s important to continue sharing this part of the classical opera canon and remind audiences that Carmen is about a woman and her freedom; she must be brave enough to be true to herself and the ultimate cost of that bravery in this society.”

Calgary Opera General Manager and CEO Heather Kitchen added,  “We wanted to gift Calgary with a beloved classic of opera and our community has let it be known that they are excited to see this opera. This dramatic and moving story about the most dangerous woman is not to be missed.”