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Once deemed too raunchy and startling for audiences, Georges Bizet’s renowned opera Carmen comes to light on the Tobin’s stage courtesy of OPERA San Antonio. First performed in 1875, Carmen is a fantastic spectacle with all the elements of drama designed to draw you in: a love triangle, sex and passion, intrigue and the ultimate femme fatale — the sensual gypsy Carmen. Chances are you’ll recognize some of the beautiful melodies even if you think you know nothing about opera. This production sets the story in the 1920s and ’30s though it was originally set about a decade earlier. Newcomers to opera will still see a faithful representation of the original story albeit jazzed up with flapper dresses and roaring speakeasies. Carmen showcases both international and home-grown talent, with the extraordinary voices of Kirstin Chávez, well known for her portrayal of the title role internationally, and Ryan Speedo Green, arriving directly from the Met, backed by a chorus that includes 40 San Antonio natives, many students from UTSA, UIW and Trinity, as well as young voices from the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. $35-$199, 7:30pm Thu, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, operasa.org. — Rachel Cooley

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