September 20, 2023
Patience and ambition have stood as the cornerstones of Angel Corella’s near-decade-long tenure as Philadelphia Ballet’s Artistic Director. So when the opportunity presented itself, he called on both strengths to adapt his home country’s masterwork: Carmen begins its 10-day run at the Academy of Music on October 5th, with tickets starting as low as $25.
“This production requires the perfect storm–great artistry, great acting and great dancing. And now is the right time for the company to do it,” says Corella.
Originally conceived as a novella by 19th century writer Prosper Mérimée, Carmenhas lived many lives since. Perhaps most famously through George Bizet’s 1945 opera—and as the only Spanish director to repackage the story for an American audience, Corella takes a pointed pride in staying true to its provocative spirit.
Carmenf ollows the odyssey of Don José, the love-drunk solider seduced by its titular character, the elusive femme fatale. As he navigates the Sevillian underworld of bullfighting and banditry in pursuit of Carmen, Don José’s passion only swells, eventually unraveling the unintended consequences of total infatuation.
Don’t miss your chance to see and hear Corella’s world premiere this fall. View the full schedule of performances and reserve your seats for an evening you won’t soon forget.