University's Opera Theater to present Bizet’s "Carmen" in Spanish, May 29-30 and June 2

  Friday, May 24, 2019
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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Opera Theater will present one of the greatest operas of all time, “Carmen,” in Spanish with English captions, on May 29-30 and June 2.

The festival production features music and spoken dialogue in Spanish translation by Eduardo de Bray, with surtitles in English. A high-quality student cast and orchestra have been assembled for this fully staged performance.

It’s a simple plot – boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets revenge – but the wonderful, dramatic melodies have made this 1875 opera the most performed in the world. Almost everyone can hum the Habanera and the Toreador Song.

Set in 1820 in Sevilla, Spain, the four-act opera is offered in opera comique style – that is, with spoken rather than sung dialogue.

The performances will be 7 p.m. May 29-30, at the Camille Playhouse in Brownsville, and again 2 p.m. June 2 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg Campus.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for UTRGV faculty, students and youth.

For more information, contact the UTRGV School of Music at (956) 665-3471 or email


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.