Carmen: Hot! Hot! Hot!!
Austin Lyric Opera's latest staging of Bizet's Carmen is such a refreshing and vivid presentation -- and at the City Coliseum, no less -- that this tale of a gypsy love-sorceress and her jealous soldier-lover should smolder in audiences' imaginations well after this production's last embers have flickered out.
"...man. Tenor Nicholas Loren sings the role (alternating with Raul Melo), and while he's a bit stiff and traditionally..."