APO Carmen Performance

by on March 14, 2017

Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen: Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Michaela; Jaqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes; Tim Miller, tenor as Don José; Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Amy Wilson, conductor

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, I had the privilege of singing excerpts from the opera Carmen by Bizet with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by my friend and colleague Amy Wilson at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

In the concert, titled “C’est la vie!” we had a great cast of characters! I sang the title role of Carmen, along with Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Michaela; Jaqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes; and Tim Miller, tenor as Don José.

We told the story of the entire opera in musical excerpts, including these arias and ensembles: Habanera, Love Duet, Seguidilla, Gypsy Song, Card Trio, and Je dis. Below are live recordings and the one photo I have of the event. (Because you can’t sing and selfie at the same time!)

Thanks to everyone for such a great evening of drama and music!

Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen: Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Michaela; Jaqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes; Tim Miller, tenor as Don José; Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Amy Wilson, conductor

Pictured left to right above: Amy Wilson, conductor; Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen: Jaqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes; Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Michaela.

Habanera, Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen

Love duet, Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Michaela; Tim Miller, tenor as Don José

Seguidilla,  Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen: Tim Miller, tenor as Don José

Gypsy Song, Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen; Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Frasquita; Jacqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes

Card Trio: Fortune, Amour, La mort! (Fortune, love, death); Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano as Carmen; Wanda Yang Temko, soprano as Frasquita; Jacqueline McCurdy, soprano as Mercèdes

Je dis, Wanda Yang Temko, soprano, as Michaela