Grittier ‘Carmen’ shows standard can still enthrall

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Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 12:00 am

When I first heard that Opera Omaha was debuting its new season with Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed. “Carmen” is so well-known, so popular, so frequently performed, that’s it’s become a bit of trope.

Last night presented the titular anti-heroine in a different light from the typical femme fatale, free-spirited gypsy. This was Carmen unvarnished — unglamorous, unsympathetic and, for the most part, pointedly barefooted.

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