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Strong voices help 'Carmen' hit a high mark

In its increasingly and widely supported endeavors, Opera in Williamsburg brought to us one of the most popular works in the repertoire, Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Friday’s Kimball Theatre production nearly packed the house and for good reason: It was very good.

“Carmen” is hugely popular for its simple story of the gypsy woman who seduces police lieutenant gone rogue Don Jose and eventually dumps him, only to have him kill her. And, most importantly, it’s popular for its score, with hardly a moment or measure without a familiar tune.

Under the founding leadership of Naama Zahavi-Ely, OiW continues to place its money where it counts: on the voices. However, where the group has...