Jean Stilwell, hailed on three continents for her complex portrayal of Carmen, is at the forefront of this generation’s mezzo-sopranos. In Keith Warner’s daring production of CARMEN for Minnesota Opera and Opera Ontario, Ms. Stilwell’s “riveting” performance of the title role was praised for “mesmerizing stage presence and her dangerous sounding, husky mezzo … vocally rich and powerful.”
Since first assuming the role in Vancouver, Bizet’s fascinating gypsy has opened many doors for Ms. Stilwell and she has appeared with the Buxton Festival, New York City Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Zuid of Holland, Connecticut Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and all the opera companies of Canada. Now, together with pianist and writer Patti Loach, Ms. Stilwell steps out of the opera hall and onto the cabaret stage with all of her usual elegance, wit and aplomb. The result is Carmen Unzipped, a CD and live show that unzips our perceptions of how a diva should sound…or look…or behave.
Ms. Stilwell is thrilled to bring her unique talents, experience and perspective to THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM as co-host of Good Day GTA: Classical Breakfast with Mike Duncan and Jean Stilwell, weekdays from 5am until 10am.