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John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
Of all the classic operas, Carmen is perhaps the one that's loaded with the most memorable tunes. Composer Georges Bizet and librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy's romantic Spanish fantasy is always a powerful showcase for the mezzo-soprano who portrays the captivating and defiant title character; in Pacific Opera Project's production, Nora Graham-Smith plays the beguiling temptress who drives the soldier Don José (tenor Dane Suarez) totally mad. "I picked Carmen because the Ford looks so much like a set of Carmen with the big, fortresslike towers and rocky hillside," POP director/designer Josh Shaw says of this version, which is set in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. "While technically it is an updated production in that it's not set in the original period, it's about as traditional as POP ever gets."
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