Monday, September 24, 2007

Try to get to Carmen at Portland Opera

Think you've seen Carmen before? Think again.

Jossie Pérez is a must see and hear: a beautiful, powerful voice; a provactive, dynamic performance. The remainder of the cast is excellent. The production is colorful. You won't regret spending 3+ hours. David Stabler of the Oregonian thought Jossie Pérez was "all Gypsy in looks and voice," but found the rest of the production "tepid"

Yesterday's matinée performance was sold out.

Remaining performances:

Sep 25, 2007
Tuesday 7:30 pm

Sep 27, 2007
Thursday 7:30 pm

Sep 29, 2007
Saturday 7:30 pm


Born in Puerto Rico, Jossie Perez moved to Florida at age 15. At 16 she sang in the chorus of the Orlando Opera. After studying at the New England Conser- vatory, she won the Regional and National Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and was accepted into the Met's Young Artist Program.

She made her Met debut in 2000, as Mercedes in "Carmen". She has sung 14 roles at the Met so far, including Ascanius in 'Les Troyens', Second Lady in 'Magic Flute', Cherubino in 'Nozze di Figaro', (all of which were broadcast), and Siebel in 'Faust'. Jossie also sang CARMEN, Dorabella in 'Cosi fan Tutte', Rosina in 'Barber of Seville', Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni', and Isabella in 'L'Italiana in Algieri' - in Boston, Bellingham Festival, Wolf Trap, Spoleto Festival, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Belle-Isle in France, Tulsa Opera, Santiago in Chile, Opera Pacific, and Detroit Opera.

Jossie Perez sang Idamante opposite Placido Domingo in 'Idomeneo' in Washington, DC. She also appeared in 'Lucrezia Borgia' in Oviedo, Spain, and in 'Parsifal' at the Salzburg Festival. She has sung concerts in Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Tokyo. She sang Mozart performances in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC, and Granada, Spain, and Recitals in Miami and Orlando, Florida. In Barcelona she sang the leading role of Sesto in 'Clemenza di Tito'.

In July she sang CARMEN in Tokyo, with Seiji Ozawa conducting.The Portland Opera will see her Carmen in September. On Oct. 31 in Dominican Republic it's a concert with Placido Domingo conducting. In Spain in 2008 she sings Charlotte in 'Werther' in Seville in March, and Cherubino at Teatre Liceu in Barcelona in November. Then in 2010 she sings Carmen in Barcelona.

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