G. Bizet: Carmen, concert performance of the opera

Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Karel Mark Chichon, conductor
Rafael Sánchez-Araña, assistant conductor

Highlights of the 69th Ljubljana Festival
2. July 2021
9.00 pm
Congress Square
69 €, 59 €, 49 €

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  • A unique drama of unbridled passion and one of the most important contributions to the opera of the second half of the nineteenth century
  • An exotic Spanish flavour and gypsy melodies, true-to-life characters and a tense dramatic structure that gradually intensifies to a tragic peak
  • The role of the hot-blooded Carmen will be sung in this concert performance by the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, described by The New York Times as the best Carmen of the last 25 years
  • Bizet poured all his wonderful melodic gifts into the opera, along with his remarkable feeling for dazzling orchestration, his genius for creating atmosphere and his refined sense of drama
  • The story of Carmen is based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée

Cast:
Carmen: Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
Don José: Jonathan Tetelman, tenor
Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas, bass-baritone
Micaëla: Marija Jelić, soprano

Georges Bizet (1838–1875) wrote his exotic opera about the alluring and fearless Carmen between 1873 and 1874. Based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, the libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. In creating the music for the opera, which tells of the pitfalls of toying with hearts and ends in tragedy, Bizet took as his model the melodies of Spain, where Carmen herself comes from. He shaped the characters and their psychological backgrounds with enormous skill. The music, infused with gypsy melodies, is refined down to the last detail. Bizet also played with the conventions of the genre and gave the work an unmatched and unsurpassable expressiveness. Famed Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča appears in the role of the hot-blooded Carmen in this concert performance of Bizet’s most important opera. Although she has sung many roles, further consolidating her reputation with each new part she tackles, she is most famous for her interpretation of Carmen, with The New York Times even calling her “the best Carmen of all time”. The mezzo-soprano and other excellent singers will be accompanied by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under the distinguished British conductor Karel Mark Chichon, whom Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to music.

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