The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Opera Theater will present one of the greatest operas of all time, “Carmen,” in Spanish with English captions, on May 29-30 and June 2.

The festival production features music and spoken dialogue in Spanish translation by Eduardo de Bray, with surtitles in English. A high-quality student cast and orchestra have been assembled for this fully staged performance.

It’s a simple plot – boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets revenge – but the wonderful, dramatic melodies have made this 1875 opera the most performed in the world. Almost everyone can hum the Habanera and the Toreador Song.

Set in 1820 in Sevilla, Spain, the four-act opera is offered in opera comique style – that is, with spoken rather than sung dialogue.

The performances will be 7 p.m. May 29-30, at the Camille Playhouse in Brownsville, and again 2 p.m. June 2 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg Campus.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for UTRGV faculty, students and youth.

For more information, contact the UTRGV School of Music at (956) 665-3471 or email