This summer, Brian Jagde makes his debut at the Arena di Verona singing Don José in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, which opens the Arena’s 96th season in celebratory fashion. Mr. Jagde sings the role on June 22 (opening night) & 29. Hugo de Ana serves as director and designer for this production, with musical direction by Francesco Ivan Ciampa. The complete cast list for all performances is available via

Production description:

De Ana sets his Carmen a century later than the libretto, in the 1930’s, an important historical period to emphasize the protagonist’s incessant search for her independence and freedom, which will lead her, as a torero in the Plaza de Toros, to face, until her death, male arrogance and a society hostile to the fact that she is a gypsy and therefore different.

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