Tales of a Gypsy

FGO brings the season to a sizzling close with Carmen

That leaves Rinat Shaham's Carmen. She looks like a cuter Minnie Driver and, at her best, can sound in the vibrant middle voice like the late Anna Moffo. Her voice is not huge, but it is beautifully focused and bravely colored: The Israeli mezzo's chest tones, shamelessly audible, spoke volumes of Carmen's independent spirit. It is a point of controversy whether Bizet's Carmen commits suicide in the last act, whether she could have avoided being killed by the abandoned José. In Shaham's voice it is clear that this Carmen, a living chiaroscuro of life and death, is getting exactly what she wants.

Franco Pomponi (left) and Rinat Shaham in FGO's production of Bizet's Carmen
DEBORAH GRAY MITCHELL
Franco Pomponi (left) and Rinat Shaham in FGO's production of Bizet's Carmen

Details

Music by Georges Bizet. Directed by David Gately. Conducted by Stewart Robertson and Andrew Bisantz. Presented by the Florida Grand Opera through May 6; 1-800-741-1010.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
 
Loading...