The readers of this blog know I am a huge performing arts enthusiast willing to travel the world to experience art in its many forms. I am not denying that Toronto has its own charm, its own vibrant arts community, but oh how I wanted to go to Australia, to fulfill a life long dream of visiting the Sydney Opera House. I had been dreaming about the trip for most of my life and I wanted it so badly that I wasn’t going to be choosy about the performance. I will admit that I had my preferences and my fingers were crossed when I went online to see about tickets. I only had that small window of time to travel from Toronto to Sydney, so I was at the mercy of Lady Fate.
Every now and then Fate does smile, and here I was buying tickets for one of my top ten favorite operas in the world. Bizet’s Carmen has always been on my list of performances that I absolutely must see and to see it at the most recognizable building in Australia was the pinnacle of sheer elation. Carmen, of course, is one of Bizet’s most famous works and centers on a beautiful and fickle gypsy girl, Carmen. It never fails to amaze me that when Bizet first premiered this opera to French audiences it was largely panned. At the time, no one cared for an opera where the main character has such moral failings and also dies. Continue Reading →