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Carmen | Delayed broadcast from the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House Choir and Orchestra

Carmen 2016 | Ritterhaus via Opera Frankfurt

Carmen 2016 | Ritterhaus via Opera Frankfurt

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Georges Bizet music
Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy libretto
Barrie Kosky director
Katrin Lea Tag scenography and costumes
Joachim Klein light drawing
Otto Pichler choreography
Zsolt Horpácsy dramaturgy

Jakub Hrůša musical direction
Anna Goryachova half-soprano (CARMEN)
Francesco Meli tenor (DON JOSÉ)
Kostas Smoriginas bass-baritone (ESCAMILLO)
Kristina Mkhitaryan soprano (MICAËLA)
David Soar low(ZUNIGA)
Jacquelyn Stucker soprano (FRASQUITA)
Aigul Akhmetshina half-soprano (MERCÉDÈS)
Pierre Doyen baritone (LE DANCAÏRE)
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt tenor (LE REMENDADO)
Gyula Nagy baritone (MORALÈS)
Sergey Levitin concertin

Production | CCB

5 april 2018 | 08:00PM

3h20 With Intermission
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