Immers3d Magazine at the Carmen Performance, Downtown Orlando.
This past Saturday night, Immers3d Magazine had the pleasure of witnessing a Carmen performance by the Orlando Russian Ballet.
How about you? Do you like going to the theater and watching a play? Or going to the opera and seeing a singer perform? What about attending a dance recital or watching a magician show? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are someone who enjoys the performing arts!
There are so many different types of performing arts out there, from dramas and comedies to operas and ballets, that there is something for everyone who loves this type of entertainment. Plus, if you live in Orlando or are visiting our city, you’re in luck because we have some great theaters and performance venues that offer amazing shows.
This classic story of love, betrayal, and revenge was brought to life with stunning costumes and sets, making for a truly unforgettable experience.
Sometimes you have to change routines and reconnect with art and culture.
I would love to see a society getting more involved in appreciating performing arts like Opera or Ballet. As everyone knows, many people believe that opera is only for the elite, the upper classes and the rich, but there is nothing further from reality than that thought.
I think that one of the reasons why many say they don’t like opera is because of the little musical education we received from a young age.
I have always maintained that the subject of music should not be taught as it is. If we taught the link between the time in which the story takes place, the trends of the moment, why people sang like that and not like that, what kind of society there was, in short, if we explained the history of opera and music, it would be much easier to approach her.
The opera, for many people is boring, because of what they often criticize and question it with arguments such as: “the opera is for fools”, “they only shout”, “it is music for old people”, “it’s not fashionable”, “it’s boring” or “I don’t understand it”, but the truth is that they underestimate it a lot.
Changes come and go. Trends are always fleeting but listening to Carmen in a place as cozy as The Abbey is priceless.
What does listening to opera transmit to us?
What makes opera such an intense form of performing art is the fusion of words and music to convey emotion. The feelings that music evokes in us, together with words, are capable of awakening in us much deeper emotional impressions than words alone.
This past Saturday night, Immers3d Magazine had the pleasure of witnessing a Carmen performance by the Orlando Russian Ballet. How about you? Do you like going to the theater and watching a play? Or going to the opera and seeing a singer perform? What about attending a dance recital or watching a magician show?
The wonderful Russian Ballet of Orlando entertained us in a shorter version of the story as passionate as Carmen is.
Then, if a ballet show was not enough, we also had the honor of hearing one of the most beautiful voices that the Orlando Opera has with Selina Fernandez and John Teixeira. They interpreted for us with their talented voices the life of Don Jose, Escamillo and Carmen.
Unique as each opera is, Carmen stands out on another level since her well-known songs such as Habanera and Toreador have appeared in thousands of movies and even cartoons ( I remember listening to the melodies with Bugs Bunny).
As expected The Abbey in downtown Orlando was filled with a sophisticated and cultured crowd. and of course, the event was SOLD OUT.
The energy in the room was electric as soon as the curtains opened and the first ballet dancer gracefully glided across stage.
So, some say that Opera and Ballet is boring? Not after you see Carmen by Orlando Russian Ballet. Some experts claim that Opera is “an endangered species”. We think that Opera is not in danger of extinction either, since it is a genre that is seething with life, and that it will always find a loyal audience that rediscovers and renews itself at some point in its life.
Carmen Russian Ballet of Orlando opening introduction:
Like I mentioned earlier, this was a short version of the play.
Three main characters: Carmen, Don Jose and Escamillo appear in the oberture of the play.
This beautiful act, performed by the talented Barbara Mel Pereira as Carmen and Davi Chagas as Don Jose and Romulo Castilho as Escamillo.
Set in Seville, the attractive gypsy Carmen (Barbara), a self-confident woman with many admirers, finds in the soldier Don José a man who falls hopelessly in love with her, but who also limits her with his love.
You can appreciate Carmen dancing with the other gypsies having a great time and flirting with the only one that is not paying attention to her, Don Jose.
As the song Habanera starts, Carmen dances with an easy flow as Selina Fernandez sings the famous Aria.
A fight breaks out in the square and Carmen murders another gypsy leading to her arrest. As she goes the way to jail, she seduces captain of the guard don Jose. Madly in love with her, he abandons his duties lets her scape and takes the blame for the murder.
Leading to Carmen’s release. Carmen is a passionate, free-spirited woman in contrast to Don Jose and he quickly loses her attention to popular toreador Escamillo while he waits in prison.
Another great performance of John Teixeira singing in baritone the famous song “Toreador”. Also, a great ballet perfomance by Romulo spinning around the “capa” all around with a majestic flow and coordination.
In this version of Carmen, Death arrives to tell Carmen’s fortune with a deck of tarot cards. Informing her that love will be the death of her. She realizes her life is worth more than love and she abandons her affair with both men. As Death reappears in the final act playing the role of a bull and our three main characters meet in the bullring.
Carmen dances alternately with death. Escamilla and Don Jose fight until she is stabbed. She dies caressing don Jose’s face, revealing him as the assassin. Don Jose has decided that if he cannot have Carmen, no one can.
In Carmen, the protagonists swing from their passion, dancing along the edge that separates love from the precipice of death. As if, the only way to love was necessarily pain in the face of the impossibility of possessing it.
So, some say that Opera and Ballet is boring? Not after you see Carmen by Orlando Russian Ballet.
Some experts claim that Opera is “an endangered species”. We think that Opera is not in danger of extinction either, since it is a genre that is seething with life, and that it will always find a loyal audience that rediscovers and renews itself at some point in its life.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you appreciate the arts. Perhaps you’re a fan of theater, dance, or music? If you’re in Orlando, there’s a good chance you have plenty of opportunities to see amazing performances. The city is home to world-renowned venues like the Walt Disney Theater and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, there are always new and exciting shows popping up all over town. There’s always something new and exciting happening on their stage, and they offer unique opportunities to get involved in the arts.
Here are 5 reasons to support them:
1. They’re a local nonprofit with a mission to bring the arts to the community.
2. They have a diverse repertoire of performances that showcases classic and contemporary works.
3. Their Education & Programs offer unique opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts.
4. They offer intimate settings for experiencing performance art up close.
5. Their affordable ticket prices make enjoying the arts more
The Orlando Russian Ballet at The Abbey was an amazing performance. If you have the opportunity to see them, I highly recommend it. Have you been there? Leave your comment below and let us know what you thought of the show.