In no other opera are the women as cunning, the men as willing, and the plot as scandalous as Carmen. An opera house staple, this play follows a gang of gypsies through Spain. Carmen herself is the groups alpha-female a hustler and manipulator of epic proportions. She convinces Don José, a sheltered soldier, to give up all he has from true love, to loyalty to his country to bask in her bewitching wiles. Once hes demonstrated this pledge, he is no longer of any use to her, so Carmen dashes off after heart throb/seedy idol, Escamillo the bullfighter. (Spoiler Alert!) Believe it or not, thats when things get ugly. The moral? It depends on your perspective, but Dont Trust Tramps is certainly top of the list although its seconded by Dont Follow Your Penis to Greener Pastures. This opera is accompanied with English subtitles, so theres no fear of looking like a neophyte. Catch the steamy seduction/destruction tonight only at the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) during its 8 p.m. performance. Tickets range $25 to $70. Visit kravis.org.
Wed., Nov. 12, 2008