Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Only a few CARMEN performances left!

If you haven’t yet seen our production of Carmen, this week is your last chance! For best availability and pricing, we recommend looking into Friday’s performance, which features Polish mezzo Malgorzata Walewska as Carmen and Mexican tenor Fernando de la Mora as Don José. You can get to know both these artists better by checking out our exclusive online interviews with them (Malgorzata’s is here and Fernando’s is here), but we also wanted to share some videos of these two exciting singers in action.

Malgorzata Walewska has appeared on our stage before—most recently as Dulcinée in last season’s production of Don Quichotte. You can see a clip of her singing the role in our trailer for that production, below, beginning at the 1:10 mark.

In 2010, she sang another gypsy role—but this time, it was Azucena in Il trovatore. Watch her below at the :52 mark.

Although he's making his Seattle debut in this production, Fernando de la Mora’s opera career has taken him all over the world—but in his home country of Mexico, he’s also known as a star singer of popular music. Just days before beginning Carmen rehearsals in Seattle, Fernando was headlining an Independence Day celebration at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, where he sang some of the country’s most beloved songs. Below is a clip from that concert of Fernando singing the patriotic tunes “Mexico Lindo y Querido” (“Beautiful and Beloved Mexico”) and “Viva Mexico.”

In his long career, Fernando de la Mora has recorded nearly 30 albums, and much of his music can be found on YouTube. For example, here’s his recording of the beautiful love song “Júrame” (“Swear to Me”), and here’s a video clip of him performing the piece live, along with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, at last year’s Cultural Festival of Tequila:

And, of course, we can’t leave out opera! In the following video, Fernando performs with our opening night Micaëla, Norah Amsellem, at a concert held earlier this year in Vietnam:

Finally, have a look at our Carmen trailer, featuring Malgorzata Walewska and Fernando de la Mora. (We have two versions of this trailer; the other spotlights Anita Rachvelishvili and Luis Chapa, our Saturday/Wednesday leads.)

We hope to see you at McCaw Hall this week!

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