Carmen opens Friday in grand fanfare at the Winspear, kicking off another opera season. There, Dallas’ elite will gather, gowned and adorned in feathers, furs and exotic skins you will never afford for the Dallas Opera’s First Night. You’ll want to see Carmen during its run: It’s the ultimate tale of man’s ruin and one of the most beloved works in the genre’s extensive history. But that won’t happen for you unless you party over at Klyde Warren Park, where the Dallas Opera simulcasts the production for us, the Great Unwashed. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a show by Jagger, followed by the Dallas Observer’s Carmen look-alike costume contest, where any Carmen is a good Carmen. Miranda? Yes, she’ll a doll. What about San Diego? Uh-huh, her too. The winner gets entry to the opening night afterparty to rub well-oiled elbows with the show’s cast. Plus, watching the 8 p.m. simulcast is free, and free is the best price around. Visit dallasopera.org for details and tickets to future performances.
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013