Kimberly Hann and Brennan Martinez to star in HPAF’s production of The Tragedy of Carmen


The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) will present two performances of Bizet’s masterpiece, The Tragedy of Carmen. HPAF’s production will open on Friday, July 5 at 7pm at Hilo’s Palace Theatre and close on Sunday, July 7 at 4pm at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Kimberly Hann and Brennan Martinez share the title role, appearing on July 5 and 7, respectively. Ticket info below.

Originally from Oakton, Virginia, Kimberly Hann has recently appeared with the revered Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist in their critically acclaimed productions of La Traviata, Manon Lescaut, Carmen (Mercedes cover), Norma, and Tiefland. Last summer, she performed with The Chautauqua Opera Company as a Studio Artist in Candide and Don Giovanni. Later this summer, she heads to Berlin to sing the role of Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.

“Carmen is a role that I’ve been wanting to perform since I can remember, as I don’t normally get to play a lot of characters with this much fight and personality,” says Hann. “It’s a lot of singing and physicality— trying to balance character work and the physical athleticism of the role. Of course, being onstage the entire show without any break is also difficult.”

HPAF Alumna Brennan Martinez returns to the Big Island after appearing as The Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s Into the Woods during the 2015 Summer Festival. “This is my second time at HPAF and I feel right at home. The community is so welcoming and the cast and production team have become a second family. It takes a great team to produce a show like The Tragedy of Carmen and HPAF has assembled the best,” says Martinez.

Ms. Martinez most recently appeared with The Glimmerglass Festival and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Next season, she will return to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute performing Annio in La clemenza di Tito and the title role in Thérèse Raquin. An alumna of Oklahoma City University, she was a part of the closing night ensemble of “Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway” in November 2016.

“I hope audiences will come to the show for the music. Music from Carmen has been featured in movies, television shows, and commercials. Chances are, the audience will recognize a tune or two. There is something for everyone in The Tragedy of Carmen— exhilarating music, dancing, passion, drama, and action scenes. Everyone can take something away from this production,” adds Martinez.

In addition to The Tragedy of Carmen, HPAF will offer two additional mainstage productions accompanied by full orchestra, including Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stephen Sondheim’s Company. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented in Davies Chapel at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Performances of Sondheim’s Company will be presented at both the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and the Palace Theatre in Hilo.

If You Go… Have a Good Show!

Event: The Tragedy of Carmen
Where: The Palace Theatre, 38 Haili Street, in Hilo.
When: Friday, July 5, 7-9pm
Admission: Tickets: $25 — General Admission
Info: Buy tickets online via HPAF, or at the Palace Theatre’s box office. You can also purchase tickets from the theatre over the phone Monday-Friday between 10am-3pm at (808) 934-7010.
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Event: The Tragedy of Carmen
Where: The Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.
When: Sunday, July 7, 4-6pm.
Admission: $48 / $38 / $28.
Info: Buy tickets directly at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm. Online tickets from the Kahilu Theatre. You can also reach the Kahilu Theatre at (808) 885-6868.

For a full list of HPAF’s summer offerings and more information, please visit:


HPAF is a non-profit organization whose to offer a world-class music training and performance program in the inspirational setting of Hawaii, and to improve the education and elevate the spirit of all who participate, especially the local community.

Now preparing for its fifteenth season on the Big Island, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival brings together talented young musicians from Hawaii, the U.S., Canada, Asia, Africa, the  Middle  East, South America and Europe to Hawaii Island between late June  and late July to study, grow and perform with professional musical performer/teachers. The results are astonishing.

During the 2019 Festival weeks — June 24 through July 21— more than fifteen live concerts and fully staged performances will be presented, giving the students invaluable experience and the privilege of appearing on stage with some of the top musical artists in their field. Performances are held around Hawaii Island.



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