Carmen by Bizet – Royal Opera House 2017-18

 

LIVE: Tuesday 6 March 2018 [7.45pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 11 March 2018 [3pm CET]

Approximate running time: 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval

Bizet’s classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky’s intense production.

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 fi ve 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 farfrom-
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.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this stunning performance to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Romania. Available in live broadcast on 6 March 2018 or recorded, from 13 March 2018 to 7 May 2018

CAST
Carmen: Anna Goryachova
Don José: Francesco Meli
Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla: Anett Fritsch
Zuniga: David Soar

CREW
Music: Georges Bizet
Director: Berry Kosky
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša

Sung in French with English subtitles

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