Whether it was the uncannily perfect weather, or the free admission, or the promise of food, Opera-Palooza cracked some sort of code in the classical world by drawing people of all ages to the Green on Saturday night. The strength of the performances, and the beauty of the music, kept them there to the end, when Susanne Mentzer herself performed Georges Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen. Yes, it was that song, a song everyone knows, even when they don’t know where it’s from. But Mentzer and her gorgeous voice gave it new sultry and languid life, reminding you why the song is immortal in the first place.
Read and hear for yourself the complete New Haven Independent story HERE!