About The Show
Tickets: $35, $57, $85 and $114
Choreographed by Ron Cunningham
“I am thrilled to be staging my Carmen for Ballet San Antonio, a company on the verge of major expansion with a bright new future. The well-known story of the ill-fated Carmen is a tale of obsession, passion, jealousy, and all-consuming grief. Carmen's gripping drama to some of the most beautiful music in the classical lexicon resonates with audiences worldwide. My own version of this beloved classic has garnered praise from audiences and critics alike." Ron Cunningham, Choreographer
The ballet Carmen is based on the famous opera by Georges Bizet which in turn was inspired by the novel by Prosper Merimee. It is a tale of obsession, passion, and jealousy.
As the curtain rises, Carmen is foreshadowed by an ominous premonition of her ill-fated end. Outside a cigarette factory in Seville, the market square springs to life as the lusty Carmen quarrels with a rival over a lover. Don Jose, a military officer, crosses the square with his fiancée Micaela and is obviously entranced by Carmen’s sultry beauty. Later, Carmen and her band of thieves are caught red-handed as they steal a purse from one of the soldiers. Leading her to prison, Carmen begs for her release and Don Jose succumbs to her seductive charm. He falls from grace as he abandons his duty and honor to possess her love. Meanwhile, the celebrated toreador Escamillo encounters Carmen and, without thought or care for Don Jose, she enters into an amorous affair. Torn apart with jealous rage, Don Jose confronts Carmen with her infidelity. Freedom of spirit is the one thing Carmen is incapable of surrendering and, driven to despair, Don Jose murders her in a crime of passion. Inconsolable in his grief, the lovers are consumed by their tragic fate.