Carmen Opera Graphic Novel Appeals to List of Featured Artists for Kickstarter Prints

Arizona Opera is enlisting a team of star comic book artists for exclusive Kickstarter raffles to raise funds for Carmen: The Graphic Novel.

Arizona Opera is launching a Kickstarter campaign to Carmen: the graphic novelwritten by opera singer and director Alek Shrader, illustrated by P. Craig Russell (American Gods, Doctor Strange) and Aneke (Justice League, Suicide Squad) and literate by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The campaign features exclusive prints from comic book artists like Erica Henderson (Squirrel Girl), Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur) and more.

CBR has an exclusive look at the prints included in Arizona Opera’s Kickstarter campaign. Collectible art for Carmen: the graphic novel comes from Henderson and Marguerite Sauvage (Faith). The Arizona Opera also commissioned Bustos to Ariane Auf Naxos print, as well as Erica d’Urso (Red Girl Inferno) and Marissa Louise (Complain) for a Tosca print, both of which are productions that Arizona Opera will stage in 2022. “It is a pleasure for Arizona Opera to share the work of this remarkable team of artists through the graphic novel format and the timeless story of Carmen“, said Arizona Opera President and General Manager Joseph Specter. “Throughout the pandemic, our company has consistently pursued new approaches to connecting people through opera, when people need it most. need for art and meaning. Carmen: the graphic novel represents an incredible opportunity to extend this focus on innovation, impact and community.”


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by Georges Bizet Carmen premiered in 1875 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. The four-act show, which features a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, is set in southern Spain and tells the story of a naïve soldier who is sidetracked from his duty when he meets a mysterious woman named Carmen. Carmen: the graphic novel is a 90-page adaptation of this story from Arizona Opera’s OnPitch Business Challenge. It was created in association with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU and the WP Carey School of Business. “There’s a reason why Carmen remains one of the most performed operas,” Shrader said. “The themes that were fashionable in Bizet’s day still captivate audiences. There is a power struggle between the sexes, mediating on the issue of freedom versus fate, and a stark contrast between the exotic Roma lifestyle and a repressed society. And, of course, it’s all set to some of the most beautiful and melodious music in all of opera.”


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“What attracts me most about Carmen is the strength of her character,” added Aneke. “His timeless appeal to audiences transcends time, politics and societal shifts. Through his strength, we see his vulnerability, passion and sexuality emerge from the stage. Through a graphic novel, new audiences can be introduced to one of the best known, fearless women in opera.”

Arizona Opera’s campaign for Carmen: the graphic novel will go live on March 28. To support the project, go to Kickstarter Campaign.

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