“I damned my soul for you to laugh in his arms” — Don Jose
Thanks to shows like “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”, there is a growing fascination with the mysteryious Gypsy culture. Like the guidos and guidettes of Jersey Shore, this ethnic group is eccentric, driven by parties and flashy materialism. Yet while it might seem that these roaming nomads and tanned jocks are similar, there is something about the Gypsies that holds an air of mystery.
“Carmen” is an opera centering on the story of a Gypsy femme fatale who lures the noble soldier, Don Jose, into her love trap, only to result in tragedy. Upon seeing a performance last weekend at The Brown Theatre, I too became entranced in the spell of the gypsy. Thanks to the teleprompters that translated the original French words, I could clearly understand what was happening while still enjoying the beauty of the vocal sounds.
I found myself engrossed in this tragic story, which held more drama than an episode of any tacky reality show. The fall of man because of his obsession for woman, the power play that occurs in a relationship like this; these themes and more underly the poetic lyrics. Far from boring, if you enjoy a torrid love story pulsing with energy, this is an opera that you need to see.
Buy your ticket here (before Carmen saunters out of Louisville!)
One of my favorite songs, sung by The Toredor: