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BIZET, G.: Carmen [Opera] (Aix-en-Provence Festival, 2017)

Composer: Bizet, Georges
Librettist/Text Author: Halevy, Ludovic
Librettist/Text Author: Meilhac, Henri
Conductor: Heras-Casado, Pablo
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
Chorus: Maitrise des Bouches du Rhone
Chorus Master: Coquard, Samuel
Chorus: Ensemble Aedes
Chorus Master: Coquard, Samuel

Carmen: d'Oustrac, Stephanie
Don Jose: Fabiano, Michael
Escamillo: Simpson, Michael Todd
Frasquita: Philiponet, Gabrielle
Le Dancaire: Andrieux, Guillaume
Le Remendado: Vidal, Mathias
Micaela: Dreisig, Elsa
Morales: Doyen, Pierre
Zuniga: Helmer, Christian

Set Designer: Tcherniakov, Dmitri
Costume Designer: Zaytseva, Elena
Lighting Designer: Filshtinsky, Gleb
Stage Director: Tcherniakov, Dmitri
Television Director: Sommer, Andy

Date of Production: 2017
Venue: Grand Theatre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
Playing Time: 02:50:00
Catalogue Number: P613

Carmen EN


Free she was born and free she will die. This sometime cigar-maker, sometime smuggler with something of the sorceress about her is often in love - as capable of making a deserter of the sergeant Don Jose as she is of wooing the toreador, Escamillo. She is the ally of love - that rebellious bird and gypsy's child she resembles so much. Her first name: Carmen. Around these two syllables Prosper Merimee built a novella that Georges Bizet used to create a character that his opera would turn into a myth: that of a free woman who heeds her desires without worrying about propriety, and who is condemned to end up stabbed to death by a deserter consumed by passion. But a myth is open to an infinite number of possible readings.

Although it has become the most popular opera in the world Carmen - like any universal masterpiece - can still benefit from an innovative approach. Visionary director Dmitri Tcherniakov's take on it promises some strong emotions as, like Merimee, he shows us Carmen through the eyes of Jose. And against the dizzying vortex created by the meticulous direction, under the baton of an unbridled Pablo Heras-Casado, the eternal dance of love-unto-death plays out once more.

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