Opera Las Vegas Announces Full Production of Carmen

April 27, 2016 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Opera Las Vegas, a non-profit
organization dedicated to bringing high quality opera productions to the Las
Vegas valley, announces tickets for the production of Carmen are now
available for purchase through UNLV’s Performing Arts Center Box Office,
http://www.unlv.edu/event/opera-las-vegas-carmen or by calling 702-895-ARTS
(2787). Coming to the Judy Bayley Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at UNLV
on Friday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12th at 2 p.m.,
tickets are priced at $95, $75 and $55.

Carmen will be conducted by Metropolitan Opera Maestro Gregory
Buchalter and star Maya Lahyani as Carmen, Viktor Antipenko as Don Jose,
Suzanne Vinnik, a Las Vegas native and graduate of the Las Vegas Academy, as
Micaela, and Trevor Scheunemann as Escamillo. The director, Henry Price, is a
former internationally renowned tenor who now leads the Pepperdine
University’s Flora L. Thornton Opera Program.

Supporting roles feature talent from the Las Vegas community and include:
Eugene Richards from Henderson; Brian James Myer, a Las Vegas native and UNLV
graduate; Emily Botts a graduate student at UNLV, and Kylee Slee from Las
Vegas. The chorus is drawn exclusively from the Las Vegas valley and includes
current and former students from the Las Vegas Academy and UNLV, as well as
well-known singers such as Marco Valera from Las Vegas, who sings
professionally. The orchestra is comprised of top musicians from the area
including many from the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Since 2011, Opera Las Vegas has worked with multinational opera singers from
The Metropolitan Opera in New York and brought them to the Valley to perform
alongside up and coming talent from the Las Vegas community. Opera Las Vegas
nurtures local talent and provides them the only opportunity possible in Las
Vegas to work alongside top professionals in the opera community, including
renowned vocal stars, leading conductors and acclaimed directors. For more
information about Opera Las Vegas and how to support the nonprofit organization
visit www.OperaLasVegas.com.

Opera Synopsis:

Carmen , a four-act French opera by Georges Bizet, is one of the
most popular and often performed operas in the repertoire. It boasts one of the
most tuneful and memorable scores of all time, with such world famous melodies
as the title character’s sinuous “Habanera,” and the immediately
recognizable “Toreador Song.”

Set in the heady, highly charged atmosphere of Seville in southern Spain,
Carmen tells the story of Don José, a naïve soldier who is
first seduced by the calculated wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen, and then
succumbs to a slow and inexorable descent into passion, obsession, and despair.
José rejects his devoted village sweetheart Micaela and abandons his
military duties, yet he ultimately loses Carmen’s love to the charismatic
‘rock-star’ toreador Escamillo.

The depictions of peasant life, immorality and lawlessness, and the
explosive intensity of the final scene broke new ground in French opera. While
Carmen was initially highly controversial, it rapidly gained enduring
celebrity in all of the world’s opera houses.

For more information about the opera Carmen, its performers or
Opera Las Vegas, email info@OperaLasVegas.com . To request photos, in studio
live performances, credentials to the event or access to rehearsals, contact

About Opera Las Vegas:

Opera Las Vegas is a Nevada nonprofit corporation, which is dedicated to
producing quality operatic performances for opera lovers. The organization is
dedicated to promoting and encouraging interest in operatic music. In addition
to offering familiar works from traditional opera repertoire, Opera Las Vegas
also seeks lesser-known operas and encourages the creation of new works. Opera
Las Vegas works in partnership with other fine arts organizations, educational
institutions and entertainment corporations to nurture development of
professional skills in students and young artists through apprentice programs.
Recognizing the significance of art as communication, Opera Las Vegas strives
to offer the community performing arts of the highest caliber. Opera Las Vegas
was established in 1999 by Mr. Mark Thomsen, Tenor; Dr. Paul Krieder, UNLV
Faculty; and Ms. Gloria Marinacci Allen, a world renown opera singer; as well
as several other like-minded individuals who wanted to bring this art form to
Southern Nevada. Opera Las Vegas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a
staff comprised solely of volunteers skilled in management, planning and
marketing, as well as the musical and theatrical arts. For more information
about Opera Las Vegas and how to support the organization visit

image_description=Maya Lahyani as Carmen [Photo courtesy of the Wolftrap Opera, Teddy Wolff]
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