Opera Theatre St. Louis: CARMEN Directed and Conducted by Women
5/9/2022 - 5/9/2022 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Carmen: Tragic Victim or Inspiring Libertarian?
In opera, the leading lady is so often portrayed as a victim with no agency. Is that formula turned on its head when an opera is led by a female director and female conductor? Join us for a conversation with internationally acclaimed director Rodula Gaitanou and Opera Theatre’s new principal conductor Daniela Candillari, the pair who will lead Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ new 2022 production of Bizet’s Carmen opening in May. Rodula and Daniela will discuss how they view Carmen -- as a character with extraordinary charisma who empowers people to dare to become what they want to be, without guilt and with complete honesty. An Opera Theatre singer will also share an excerpt from the beloved music of Carmen.
The event is currently scheduled to be in person at the private home of Elma Kanefield, and attendance will be limited.
To be in compliance with Opera Theatre’s union agreements, all guests will be asked to show proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the event. Guests will also be asked to mask while singing takes place, but may unmask for the remainder of the event.