Carmen at Coronado Theatre Feb. 6

Carmen, the French opera written by George Bizet of a gypsy girl and a handsome soldier, intrigue and betrayal, will be presented by the Rockford Coronado Concert Association at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. The 50-member Sofia Symphony Orchestra, a 40-member chorus and a ballet company, will accompany the Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s production that includes new sets, costumes and English surtitles.

Some season subscriptions for $60 for RCCA’s five-concert series are available by calling 968-9863. Single tickets for Carmen are available for $40 by calling Centre Events at 968-5222.

The tragic love story of the beautiful Carmen and soldier Don Jose, set in exotic Spanish and gypsy backgrounds, offers beautiful melodies and exciting rhythms. The universally popular Carmen is performed by Teatro Lirico d’Europa, a European opera touring company. Teatro Lirico d’Europa is the only such company that travels with a full orchestra, a chorus of 40 singers, a ballet company, and soloists chosen from auditions held in major cities around the world. The soloists are seasoned professionals who have performed their roles before with major opera companies.

Seventh American Tour

Teatro Lirico d’Europa was formed in 1988 by former Bulgarian opera singer Giorgio Lalov. The company has completed more than 3,000 performances worldwide. This winter marks its seventh major American tour, with 67 performances of several operas presented throughout the United States.


The RCCA’s 2004-2005 season also features the Canadian Brass on March 13 and the Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow performing Sleeping Beauty on April 21. Call 968-9863 for more information.

The RCCA has nearly 2,000 subscribers from northern Illinois. The group is governed by a local volunteer board of directors, and has served the community since 1936.

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