Zanda Švēde Headlines Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

Pittsburgh Opera is set to present Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The production was in the middle of rehearsals for its planned March 2020 performances when the COVID pandemic struck, forcing it to cancel. Now two years later “Carmen” will be making its long-awaited return to the Benedum Center.

The opera will star Zanda Švēde in the title role alongside Scott Quinn as Don José, Michael Todd Simpson as Escamillo, and Danielle Pastin as Micaëla. Antony Walker will conduct the production by Garnett Bruce.

The cast will be rounded out by Bob Rak, Leah Heater, Jeremy Harr, Yazid Gray, Andrew Turner, Véronique Filloux, and Daniel Teadt.

“Carmen will be shown four times with performances scheduled for March 26, 29, April 1, and 3, 2022.