Experience one of the world’s most popular operas in a bold, new way: see Carmen through the eyes of her killer’s mother. In John Constable’s wickedly smart narrative, Don Jose’s mother recounts her son’s fatal affair with the woman who destroyed his life. Starring mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano (Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Festival) in the title role, and conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, The Washington Chorus joins forces with The Washington National Opera Orchestra and members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program to bring Bizet’s masterpiece to vivid life in a concert version on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Celebrate the influence Bernstein and his contemporaries had on each other and on modern day composers with a vocal tour de force. Works by Eric Whitacre, Stacy Garrop, Michael Tippett, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein showcase the raw vocal power of the unaccompanied chorus.