HUMANITAS Winner Moisés Kaufman Brings New Musical to the Guggenheim
Tectonic Theater Project to present excerpts of Carmen: A new Afro-Cuban musical in development at The Guggenheim's 'Works & Process' series Saturday, June 28th 7:30pm. Directed by Moisés Kaufman, Music Adaptation by Arturo O'Farrill, and Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Andrea Grody.
Carmen: This classic Bizets opera has been re-imagined by Artistic Director Moisés Kaufman in conjunction with Afro-Cuban jazz legend Arturo O'Farrill. While the original opera takes place in Seville, Spain during the mid 19th century, Kaufman (who is writing book and lyrics) is setting the story in Cuba in 1958, right before the breakout of the revolution - at the height of oppression of the Batista regime.
Mr. Kaufman has partnered with one of the most prominent Afro-Cuban musicians & composers in the U.S., Arturo O'Farrill, and they're adapting Bizet's music to an Afro-Cuban jazz score. This contemporary adaptation has expanded the opera's musical vocabulary and palate, using a combination of original melodies and new Afro-Cuban Jazz materials. The iconic arias and duets are morphed into several different Afro Latin forms. The production will make use of both Bizet's magnificent melodies and O'Farrill's expertise to transpose the action of the story from Seville 1810 to Cuba 1958.