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Carmen Giannattasio on her Royal Opera debut as Mimì

Italian soprano tells us about stepping into one of the most iconic roles in opera.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

2 May 2012 at 8.58am | 2 Comments

Ahead of the return of John Copley's much-loved production of La bohème, we caught up with Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio to hear her take on stepping into the role, her reflections on the character of Mimì, as well as how she interprets the part.

Royal Opera House's Head of Friends Susan Fisher is particularly excited about seeing Carmen's Royal Opera debut:

"Over the last few years I have read some amazing notices of Carmen, as well as hearing a particularly good recording of her performance of La Donna del lago from Edinburgh, and wondered when we at the Royal Opera House would have the opportunity to see her. I am absolutely delighted that we now have the opportunity to catch up. It is unfortunate that this is because of a cancellation of another artist, but it is a big gain for us."

Carmen sings the role of Mimì for performances until 17 May, including for the BP Summer Big Screen relay around the UK on this date.

View a gallery of production photos featuring Carmen alongside Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo:


By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

2 May 2012 at 8.58am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Summer Big Screens, Carmen Giannattasio, debut, John Copley, Joseph Calleja, La bohème, Production

This article has 2 comments

  1. Having seen some remarkable Mimis at ROH, we can't wait to see Carmen and we know audiences will warm to her. No doubt we'll be joining her in trying to hold back the tears at her demise! But we'resure well be swapping tears for cheers within minutes!

  2. John Hartnett responded on 15 May 2012 at 11:14am Reply

    I heard Carmen sing at the ROH last evening. Her performance was a triumph. She has a beautiful voice and acted extremely well. Congratulations to her on stepping into the production at short notice and carrying it off so well.

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