Production Ottawa is now ON STAGE: Ottawa's Theatre Arts Magazine

The Velvet Room presents Carmen on Tap: The Las Vegas Edition

If you’re looking to take a break from the outdoor theatre Ottawa has on offer this summer and want to stay where there’s a bit of AC, or if you just to want to enjoy some powerful opera, or even just have some dinner while you’re entertained, the Velvet Room has you covered with a great addition to Ottawa’s summer offerings: Carmen on Tap: The Las Vegas Edition, starring international star tenor, Richard Troxell.

Photo: Couvrette/Ottawa

Photo: Couvrette/Ottawa

Set in Seville around the year 1830, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don José, who has been awaiting her arrival.

Carmen, the most famous of Bizet’s operas, with its exotic Spanish setting, introduced a note of realism into opera that proved unacceptable to many who saw the first performances. Objection was taken to the wild and immoral behaviour of Carmen, the chorus of cigarette factory- girls and their smoking and the final murder of Carmen on the stage. Orchestral suites have been derived from the score, while popular excerpts must include Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Séguidilla, the famous Toreador’s Song and Don José’s later reference to the flower Carmen had once thrown him, La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (The flower that you threw me), with Micaëla’s moving aria Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante (I say that nothing frightens me).

Carmen is a French comedic opera in four acts, by Georges Bizet with libretto by Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halévy. It is directed by Brent Krysa and stars Julie Nesrallah as Carmen, Richard Trozell as Don José and Maghan McPhee, Pierre-Etienne Bergeron, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, White O’Hearn, Corey Arnold, and Joel Allison, with pianist Frederic Lacroix.

Carmen On Tap runs August 2, 4, 6, 8 at 7pm at The Velvet Room on 62 1/2 York Street (in the market). You can purchase tickets online for the show including dinner for $82 (plus HST) by visiting