[Facnet-l] Free Modesto Carmen Tickets

Arnold Schmidt ASchmidt at csustan.edu
Wed Apr 17 23:58:43 PDT 2019

Hi, all:

               A great deal if anyone wants to take their students to see the upcoming Townsend Opera production of Carmen – free tickets for groups if reserved in advance.  Details below -- should be a blast!

               -- Arnold


Hi Arnold,

There are two options:

  *   There will be day-of-performance $20 Student Rush Tickets available on both May 3 (7:30 PM) & 5 (2:00 PM), depending on availability. Student ID required. Student can be any age, as long as the person has a valid Student ID. The Pre Opera Talk, one hour before curtain, is included in the price of admission and is recommended.

  *   FREE ADMISSION on May 3 (7:30 PM):

Modesto is once again offering free tickets to our main stage production to select students.

This year we are performing the world’s most popular opera, Bizet’s CARMEN, about Spain, sung in the original French, with supertitles in English. The production includes the first ever performing horse (dancing/dressage) on the stage of the Gallo Center, original Folklorico Dance by Ballet Tradiciones (Flamenco and Zacatecas style). The fantastic cast includes international (a fast rising international star, Johnny Franca from Brazil will make his US Debut), national, regional and central valley performers, including about 15 Stanislaus County teens who participated in last summer’s first annual Summer Opera Institute. As mentioned, there will be Supertitles in English, so there are no issues in keeping up with the story!

The tickets for the Rogers Theater CARMEN performance (Friday, May 3 - 7:30 PM), are free and on a first come, first reserved basis. Our only requirement is that the students/teachers attend the Pre-Opera Talk one hour before curtain at 6:30 PM. The opera lasts about 3 hours, so it is a long, but exciting evening…for the right people. The Pre-Opera Talk helps prepare all for the show; the context, history, tunes, characters, etc., and the group can sit right down front by the stage. Then there is a half hour to enjoy concessions, wander around the lobby, read the program and make their way to seats for the actual performance.

For university students we will not require that all arrive together as a group with chaperones, as we do with high school students. However, we will need specific names well in advance.

NOTE: Free tickets will only be handed out between 6:00 and 6:25 at a special table in the lobby and only to people with IDs that match the names on the list. Anyone arriving after 6:30 will not receive the free tickets, even if on the list.  Those who arrive later will be welcome to purchase student rush tickets.

Press release about the opera is attached.

Send names of students to me, ASAP, to be included in this offer.


                     Roy Stevens
          General and Artistic Director
     Office: (209) 523-6426  Cell: (209) 204-8276


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