July 27, 2016
PORTOPERA’S CARMEN: TOUGH AS NAILS

Lahyani moves with purpose, confidence and enough strength of stride that her character, a Gypsy smuggler, is entirely believable. Men, who dream of being close to her, are wise to give her a wide berth. Women are jealous and wish her demise.

Carmen stands up to all of them, singing in the faces of her lover and enemies, and facing all threats eye to eye.

“I have a clear idea of who she is and, more, who I am while I’m portraying her,” said Lahyani, a mezzo-soprano who is singing this role for the third time. “Working on ‘Carmen’ is a little like therapy. You get to dig deep inside as a woman and work on yourself.”

Bob Keyes, MAINETODAY

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