From November, 2012

Review: Atlanta Opera kicks off its season with smart, solid take on Bizet’s “Carmen”

  November 12, 2012   Scott Hogsed and Melissa Shippen in Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Photo by Jeff Roffman) Georges Bizet’s opéra comique “Carmen”debuted in Paris in 1875 and was considered scandalous as it presented a sexually charged heroine with questionable moral character and culminated with her onstage murder. These days it’s nearly impossible to shock audiences (with the possible exception of Madonna, who rolls into Atlanta next week), and practically everyone can hum at least one melody from “Carmen,” as it’s one of the most familiar operas in the repertoire. Despite these debatable dilemmas, the Atlanta Opera produced an enjoyable…