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BalletMet Columbus Presents

the Classic Tale of Seduction, Passion, Betrayal and Murder:

Amedeo Amodio’s CARMEN

November 4 – 12 at the Capitol Theatre

COLUMBUS, OH—BalletMet Columbus sets the stage for the classic tale of seduction, passion, betrayal and murder with the company premiere of CARMEN by renowned Italian choreographer Amedeo Amodio. Performances of CARMEN take place at the Capitol Theatre November 4 – 12, 2011. Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Office, 39 East State Street – (614) 469-0930, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 982-2787.

CARMEN features scenery and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli, the music of Georges Bizet, with additional incidental original music by Giuseppe Cali. The entire production is directed and choreographed by Amedeo Amodio.

When Amodio’s CARMEN premiered at Tulsa Ballet, dance critic James D. Watts, Jr. of the Tulsa News raved, “Few of these ballets (other versions of CARMEN) distill the essence of this story into so dramatic a form as Amodio’s. In fact, this is one of the best – if not the best – presentations of this passionate, tragic story that I’ve ever seen.”

Set to the enthralling score by Georges Bizet, CARMEN tells the story of a beautiful seductress, the two lovers who vie for her affection and the tragic outcome of their tangled affair. Made famous as an opera, Amodio’s CARMEN brings the story to life through viscerally athletic modern ballet. “One of the great beauties of this production, which comes to us from Europe, is that it has a sense of being very classical and yet has a distinctly contemporary feel,” said BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles.

CARMEN premiered in its original operatic form at the Opera-Comique in Paris March 3, 1875. The debut was not a success. In fact the production shuttered after just 48 performances, leaving its 36 year old composer with a broken heart from which he never recovered. Bizet died June 3, 1875. A subsequent production in Vienna in October 1875 brought popular and critical success, and the opera has remained an audience favorite to this day.

The tragic love story at the heart of CARMEN has inspired its fair share of film adaptations including Otto Preminger’s 1954 film “Carmen Jones,” starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge; Sir Peter Brooks’ provocative 1983 “La Tragedie de Carmen”; Carlos Saura’s acclaimed 1984 Flamenco “Carmen”; Robert Townsend’s 2001 Made for TV “Carmen: A Hip-Hopera” starring Beyonce Knowles; and Vincente Aranda’s 2003 “Carmen” starring Paz Vega.

Orchestral Suites of the opera’s music are regularly performed by the world’s leading orchestras. And the score’s infectious melodies and rhythmic verve have spurred the creativity of leading choreographers including Alberto Alonso, Roland Petit and former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon, among others.

BalletMet presents Amedeo Amodio’s production of CARMEN Friday, November 4 – Saturday, November 12 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets start as low as $20 and can be purchased through CAPA (614.469.0939) or Ticketmaster (800.982.2787, ticketmaster.com).

Subscription packages and group discounts are available through BalletMet (614.586.8665).

College students with ID can purchase $15 Student Rush tickets at the theater beginning two hours prior to show time. Students age 13 to 18 can purchase $5 High Five vouchers at any Central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster location.

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