Bizet's Carmen plays the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center October 25 with MasterVoices Artistic Director and Tony winner Ted Sperling at the podium and Sammi Cannold directing. The performance features the work's original Opéra Comique version with dialogue instead of recitative, serving as the New York premiere of Fiddler on the Roof and She Love Me lyricist Sheldon Harnick's English translation, adapted from the French original by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy and originally commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.
Ginger Costa-Jackson stars in the title role, alongside Terrence Chin-Loy as Don José, Mikaela Bennett as Micaëla, John Brancy as Escamillo, Nicole Fernandez-Coffaro as Frasquita, Kimberly Sogioka as Mercedes, William Ferguson as Remendado, Michael Kelly as Morales/Dancaïro, and Leo Radosavljevic as Zuniga, backed by the 120-member MasterVoices chorus. Rounding out the company as featured dancers are Camila Cardona, Laura Peralta, and Isaac Tovar.
Sperling leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's, with the performance also featuring choreography by Gustavo Zajac, costume desgin by Nicole Slaven, scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer, and lighting design by Brian Tovar.
Also planned for the upcoming season are O How Good March 23 at Central Synagogue, which will include performances of Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service, Kurt Weill's Kiddush, and a world premiere from Israeli-American composer Daniel Rein; and Gilbert and Sullivan's 1882 comic opera Iolanthe May 3 at Carnegie Hall with Sperling at the helm.