Love and Obsession with Carmen


Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to present the return of Peach State Opera with their production of Carmen on Sunday, January 26, 2019 at 3 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick.


The gypsy Carmen is a free spirit who follows her whims and desires, intoxicating and entertaining those around her but often leaving chaos in her wake. So when the meek but handsome soldier Don José crosses Carmen’s path, it seems that he will eventually join the ranks of forlorn men whom Carmen has loved and then discarded. However, as José becomes obsessed with her, forsaking his fiancée and his career to pursue Carmen through the city of Seville and even treacherous mountain passes, the question emerges: “Who is more dangerous?”


The “Habanera” and “Toreador Song” from Carmen are among the most popular arias in all of opera and have been a part of popular culture for decades. The music of Carmen is widely acclaimed for brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere, and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters.


Peach State Opera, a touring company that brings opera to communities across Georgia and beyond was founded in 2009. The organization’s guiding principle is that all audiences deserve access to opera and that the opera world needs a place where emerging artists can express themselves. All their performances are condensed family-friendly versions and are performed in English. 


Don’t miss the opportunity to see opera live at the Ritz Theatre!  Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Advance tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (age 65 and up). Price increases $5 if tickets are purchased the day of the show.  The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each.


To purchase advance tickets, visit, or the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays – Fridays 9 am to 5 pm.   For more information, call (912) 262-6934.