© Florian Joahn
Tue 12 May 2020 - Tue 2 Jun 2020


Dutch National Opera
12 May 2020
2 Jun 2020


George Bizet Carmen

Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada | Orchestra Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest | Chorus Koor van De Nationale Opera | Chorus Master Ching-Lien Wu | Children's Chorus Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor | Chorus Master Caro Kindt | Don José Dmytro Popov | Escamillo Alexander Vinogradov | Le Dancaïre Martin Mkhize | Le Remendado Lucas van Lierop | Zuniga Cody Quattlebaum | Moralès Michael Wilmering | Carmen J'Nai Bridges | Micaëla Anett Fritsch | Frasquita Julietta Aleksanyan | Mercédès Polly Leech

Stage Director Robert Carsen | Set Designer Michael Levine | Costume Designer Falk Bauer | Lighting Designer Robert Carsen, Peter van Praet | Choreography Marco Berriel

While Bizet’s Carmen is a femme fatale of almost mythic appeal, it was above all the exoticism that she personified as a gypsy which originally made the opera such a great success. Answering to no one, Carmen embodied the desires suppressed by nineteenth-century bourgeois propriety, as well as the freedom to live and love unfettered by petty morality.

Passion and longing for death

In the world of opera, Carmen is the female counterpart of Don Giovanni, the master seducer. As much as we sympathise with her ‘victim’, Don José, there is no resisting her allure. Brimming with passion but never pathos, the story unfolds to its inevitable tragic end, fuelled beneath it all by a profound longing for death.

Read more about Carmen on the website of the Dutch National Opera


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