To set the scene:
As the factory bell rings the cigarette girls emerge and exchange banter with young men in the crowd (“La cloche a sonné“). Carmen enters and sings provocatively of the untameable nature of love (habanera: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle“). The men plead with her to choose a lover; after some teasing she throws a flower to Don José, who thus far has been ignoring her but is now annoyed by her insolence.
Each year, Opera Theatre chooses one of its season’s shows as the thematic backdrop for its annual gala. For 2012, Opera Theatre decided on a full costume ball inspired by Carmen, giving TOKY’s designers the tasty assignment of creating invitation materials that evoke that opera’s — and, we decided, the above scene’s — mood and feel. (Red roses, black lace — great stuff to work with.)
And so: Invitees to the May 5th “La Habanera” gala will soon receive their own flowers, bright red and with a consequential bloom.