La Tragédie de Carmen
In the company's first performance at the Laird Center for the Performing Arts at Tatnall, OperaDelaware presented a staged version of Peter Brook's stunning adaptation of Bizet's Carmen, starred Audrey Babcock as Carmen, Alok Kumar as Don José, Michael Mayes as Escamillo and Victoria Cannizzo as Micaëla. Anthony Barrese conducted, and Cynthia du Pont Tobias directed.
Gyu Yeon Shim made her professional debut, starring as Lakmé in a concert version of Delibes' rarely performed masterpiece. The cast also included Ryan MacPherson, Peter Tomaszewski, Jeffrey Gates, Melissa Wimbish, Nicholas Houhoulis, and Madelyn Wanner. The performance also featured the OperaDelaware Chorus, prepared by Jeffrey Miller, and James Harp of Lyric Opera Baltimore at the piano.
This program featured many favorite operatic excerpts related to Wine, Women, and Food. The performance featured Bon Appétit, a one-woman opera based on Julia Child’s famous chocolate cake episode. Starring Melissa Kornacki as Julia Child, the 20-minute opera brought to life all the joie de vivre of the original French Chef. Other artists included Sharin Apostolou, Michael Mayes, and Ryan MacPherson.