MasterVoices | Orchestra of St. Luke's | Ted Sperling, Conductor
Our intimate and lyrical English-language production of CARMEN is back! Originally scheduled for March 2020, director Sammi Cannold (Encores’ Evita, Forbes’ 30 Under 30) helms a new cast including Ginger Costa-Jackson as Carmen, Terrence Chin-Loy as Don José, Mikaela Bennett as Micaëla, and John Brancy as Escamillo. Sung in its original Opéra Comique version, with dialogue rather than recitative, our production marks the NY Premiere of this fiery and dramatic translation – written by Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick, originally commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera.
Featuring Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the MasterVoices Chorus conducted by MV Artistic Director Ted Sperling, along with flamenco-infused choreography by Argentinian-born choreographer Gustavo Zajac, get ready for a gorgeous Carmen in all its musical and theatrical glory!
Tickets: Priced from $30 to $175, may be purchased beginning on August 11 online at jazz.org, at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office, Broadway at 60th Street, or by calling 212-721-6500.
Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.
Make a night of it!
Join us for MasterVoices’ Fall Gala on October 25 prior to the concert performance of CARMEN!
Ginger Costa-Jackson, Carmen
Ginger’s upcoming and most recent performances include a return to the A Coruña Opera Festival as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, the title role of Carmen for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the English National Opera, Charlotte in Werther for Grange Park Opera, Musetta in La Boheme for Seattle Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, Donna Elvira for Teatro Petruzzelli, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro for La Monnaie De Munt, Angelina in La Cenerentola for Seattle Opera, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Opéra National de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan.
She has performed the title role in Carmen for Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Tokyo New National Theater, Nashville Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Vancouver Opera to name but a few. For the Metropolitan Opera Ginger has performed over 75 performances including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lola in Cavelleria Rusticana, Smaridgi in Francesca da Rimini, Mercedes in Carmen, Nancy T’sang/First Secretary in Nixon in China, Pousette in Manon, Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, Eine Theatergarderobiere/Der Gymnasiast/Ein Groom in Berg’s Lulu, and Myrtale in Thaïs.
Other notable performances include Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with Seattle Opera (alongside her sister Marina Costa Jackson as Fiordiligi), Maddalena in Rigoletto with LA Opera, Donna Elvira at the Coruna Festival, her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in L’Enfant et la Sortileges, Helène in La Belle Helène with Odyssey Opera, and Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia in Toulon.
Terrence Chin-Loy, Don José
Terrence is an artist who strives to infuse his work with honesty and simplicity. With his “richly colored voice” (Seen and Heard International), he pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. Terrence opens the 2021-2022 season in his solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Thereafter, he returns to Arizona Opera for his second season as a Marion Roose Pullin Resident Artist where he will sing Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
Terrence is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Performer Diploma. He also holds degrees from Yale University and Mannes College. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.
John Brancy, ESCAMILLO
Grammy Award-winning baritone John Brancy is known for his intense musicality and communicative power. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Mr. Brancy is equally at home in staged opera, concert performance, and recital, with a wide-ranging repertoire that includes classical, contemporary world premieres, and musical theater.
Mr. Brancy is a native of New Jersey. He has a B.A. and Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School in New York.
Mikaela Bennett, MICAËLA
Mikaela Bennett is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is celebrated as a singer and actress for her work on stage and in the concert hall. She most recently appeared as a featured soloist in Daniel Fish’s concert conception of “The Most Happy Fella” at Bard SummerScape and made her Festival Napa Valley debut as Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi” under the baton of Kent Nagano. In 2020, Ms. Bennett had the distinct honor to appear as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel performing ‘Aurora’ written by Wayne Shorter. In 2019, Mikaela was honored by Lincoln Center with a ‘Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists’ and in May she made her critically acclaimed debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago playing ‘Maria’ in “West Side Story”. Following a sold-out run in Chicago, Ms. Bennett starred in the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the MUNY and later returned to the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra performing music from the Warner Bros film studio. To cap off an eventful year, Mikaela sang the role of Mary Wintergreen in MasterVoices’ concert production of Gershwin’s “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” at Carnegie Hall, music directed and conducted by Ted Sperling.
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MasterVoices 2022-23 season visual created by Asia Pietrzyk.