Anyone who has experienced the ferocity of Ms. Stilwell's Carmen will find it no surprise that she succeeds so well as a "cross-over artist" mining the cabaret repertoire. What happens when a strong-willed, passionate singer inhabits a sensual and powerful character with a ferocious hunger for freedom? In her newest cabaret show and accompanying CD - "Carmen Unzipped" - Stilwell steps out of the opera hall and onto the cabaret stage with all of her usual elegance, wit and aplomb. Along the way, she unzips our perceptions of how a diva should sound ... or look ... or behave. With utter honesty and disarming cheekiness, the singer and pianist Patti Loach sing, play and laugh their way through a range of music that illuminates real life passions, delusions, loves and losses. Of particular interest on this CD are the first five tracks, dedicated to the music of New York composer John Bucchino. To quote Measha Brueggergosman, 'Carmen UnZipped is a treasure. I absolutely adore it!!!'