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LOOSE TEA Music Theatre proudly announces its inaugural opera, La Tragédie de Carmen. Presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, this opera is a powerful, raw and visceral adaptation of Bizet’s most popular work. Set in New York in the 1920s, a concentrated night of love and death focuses on the fatal relationships between Carmen, a burlesque dancer, Don Jose, a WWI shell-shocked veteran and the mob boss, Escamillo, The score retains all of the most famous musical moments of the original; Carmen’s Habanera and Seguidilla, Don Jose’s Flower Song, and Escamillo’s swaggering Toreador Song.
Director, Alaina Viau, states “LOOSE TEA draws its strong inspiration from the mechanics and artistry of a score mixed with the influence of talented musicians to create new affecting sounds. LOOSE TEA is a creative exploration of how opera and theatre can interact with each other. This company focuses on the “nitty-gritty” of character – a concept where music comes from the depths of an actor’s analysis and their journey on stage.”
Their first production La Tragédie de Carmen features a dynamite all-Toronto cast. Carmen is played by Cassandra Warner while Ryan Harper delivers an impressive Don Jose. Micaela and Escamillo are represented by Lisa Faieta and Gregory Finney. Keenan Viau and Candi Zell play important supporting roles of Zuniga and Garcia & Lillas Pastia. Rounding out the cast is Tessa Dickison as Frasquita.
La Tragédie de Carmen runs September 6 & 7, 2013 at 7:30PM and September 8, 2013 at 2:30PM at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Ticket are $25 and can be purchased through the Boxoffice Tel:(416) 975-8555 or online at buddiesinbadtimes.com/tickets/