2 March 2018 at 11.12am | 8 Comments
The Royal Opera's production of Bizet's classic Carmen will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 6 March 2018.
Barrie Kosky's production made its Covent Garden debut last month, and sees the Australian director give a fresh point of view on an iconic work.
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Carmen is a woman with her own ideas about what her life should be. She warns men to beware of falling in love with her. Don José ignores her warning, and gives up his job, reputation and girlfriend to be with her.
Growing bored of Don José and his obsessive nature, Carmen moves on to a very different type of man, the celebrity toreador Escamillo. But she does not anticipate the jealous passion that she will unleash in Don José.
The opera’s popularity owes much to Bizet’s music, which is packed with memorable melodies including the well-known Habanera (Carmen’s signature aria) and the opera’s famous overture.
Much of Bizet’s score for Carmen has a Hispanic flavour, from the Spanish-inspired melody of the Habanera to the dance rhythms threaded through the score. Bizet’s gift for writing catchy tunes reaches its peak in the flamboyance and masculinity of Escamillo’s Toreador Song, one of the most instantly recognizable arias in all classical music.
The live cinema relay will see Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Goryachova sing the title role of Carmen with Italian tenor Francesco Meli as Don José. Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas will sing the role of the toreador Escamillo. The performance will be conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
Barrie Kosky's new production draws upon musical theatre influences and features distinctively-staged numbers, energetic dance and arresting theatrical visuals, all designed to offer a new perspective on this enduringly popular classic.
Kosky presents the title character as a performer constantly reinventing herself, not least through an array of striking costumes, and has replaced the originally-used spoken dialogue with an unseen narrator to give a fresh voice to Carmen. The Australian director made his ROH debut last Season with a memorable staging of Shostakovich's The Nose and his Carmen sees him employ a similarly bold approach.
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