Bizet's Opera Masterpiece "Carmen"

Carmen Opera Production 

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May 17-20
The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (11th Street, Santa Monica)

Evening Performances: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 and Saturday, May 20
Matinee Performances: 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. 

The Santa Monica College Music Department is pleased to present SMC Opera Theatre in a performance of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece “Carmen.” Shocking and scandalous when it debuted in 1875, “Carmen” is one of the world’s most popular operas today.

“Carmen” tells the tale of a love gone bad in Seville, Spain, between Don José – a young and naive soldier – and Carmen, an exotic gypsy woman who seduces Don José, but whose heart yearns for the elegant toreador Escamillo. SMC Opera Theatre’s fully staged and richly costumed production sweeps audiences into the drama of deadly seduction in Bizet’s romantic and dangerous world of gypsies, smugglers, bullfighters, and Flamenco. Music by Georges Bizet, with libretto by Henri Melhac.

“The greatness that is SMC allows us to incorporate our own Music students with the Santa Monica community to create the greatness that is ‘Carmen,’” said Gail Gordon, SMC Opera Theatre Director since 2009. Gordon – whose professional performance career in regional opera companies spans three decades – has taught voice at SMC since 1998. She is also the founding executive director of Santa Monica-based Opera Nova, which supports and promotes aspiring young opera singers by creating performance opportunities.

The “Carmen” production includes three members of the SMC faculty. SMC Voice Professor Dr. Janelle Destefano tunes up the performance’s singers and performs in the role of Carmen, SMC Dance Professor Cihtli Ocampo contributes choreography and topnotch Flamenco, and SMC Music Coach (and accompanist) Mercedes Juan Musotto makes her debut at the podium as conductor.

Tickets are $35 General Admission ($10 for current SMC st udents with valid ID). A modest service charge applies. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (310) 434-3005. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office up to 1 hour before the performance start time. Free parking available on the premises.

For tickets and information, visit SMC Event Tickets or call (310) 434-3005 or (310) 434-4323.