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From the New Orleans Opera Archives, Carmen from 2014. Photo Credit: Thomas Grosscup

"Carmen is the one you have been warned about. And you still fall in love," reads the description by New Orleans Opera. The famous French opera set in Seville, Spain will be performed Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

Carmen, which was composed by Georges Bizet in 1875, is the tale of a mesmerizing, but free-spirited gypsy who drinks, smokes, and uses her charm to win over the hearts of everyone, including Don Jose. Jealous and possessive, Don Jose cannot handle Carmen's independence and preference for someone else, resulting in an unforgettable finale. 

The performance is conducted by Robert Lyall and directed by Keturah Stickann. Jennifer Johnson Cano stars as Carmen (soprano), Rafael Davila plays Don Jose (tenor), and Zachary Nelson will be onstage as Escamillo (baritone), a toreador who also falls for the gypsy. Carmen also features an extensive chorus and children's chorus. 

A post-show celebration will follow Friday evening's performance and feature signature cocktails by Seven Three Distilling and bites by Ralph Brennan's Catering, all enjoyed on the main stage. The Season Opening Gala will also follow Sunday's matinee show. Tickets, as well as subscriptions, are still available for Friday and Sunday's shows. They can be purchased here.