NOV 10 – 22, 2015

After the nonstop joy parade that was last season’s The Magic Flute, the world-renowned South African Isango Ensemble returns to Boston with two new reimagined operas: uCarmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Based on the famous opera, uCarmen transports us to a modern South African township to follow the story of Carmen, a strong, independent woman who will not be tamed. Meanwhile, A Midsummer Night's Dream is completely faithful to the spirit of the original work and must be counted as one of the most successful operatic adaptations ever of a Shakespeare play — a work with spellbinding atmosphere that inhibits a truly unique, dreamlike world.

Known around the globe for their commitment to creating work that reflects and unites a diverse South African nation, Isango's productions speak across racial, economic and political divides through an experience that can only be described as "pure Isango." Join us in welcoming this extraordinary company back to Boston, and revel in what it means to have music in your heart and soul.


Buy a "Choose Your Own (Any 2 Shows)" ticket package and save 15% off tickets to both uCarmen and A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Buy Package


  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Run Time uCarmen
    1 hour 40 min with one 20 min intermission
  • Run Time A Midsummer Night's Dream:
    1 hour 33 min with one 20 min intermission
  • Performed in English without surtitles



  • ArtsEmerson presents an Isango Ensemble - Opera Comique, Paris Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and uCarmen with special thanks to South African Airways.

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