First performed at the NNTT in November 2007, the acclaimed Uyama production of Carmen will return for another run. The conductor will be Maurizio Barbacini. Cast in the title role is Kirstin Chávez, who has played Carmen in theatres in the US, Australia and elsewhere. Don José will be sung by Torsten Kerl, and Escamillo by John Wegner. Both singers are already well-known to opera fans in Japan. The part of Micaëla will be sung by Hamada Rie, who currently resides in France. A cast of accomplished artists will put their talents together for this production of Bizet's popular opera.
A cigarette factory girl, Carmen, admired by men of the town, takes an interest in Don José, who is indifferent to her, and seeks to win his attention by tossing him a rose. Although he loves Micaëla, he soon becomes captivated by Carmen and is persuaded to desert the Army and throw in his lot with smugglers. But Carmen becomes disillusioned with José and gives her heart to the toreador Escamillo. In front of the bullring, from which loud cheering can be heard, José, consumed by jealous rage, stabs Carmen in the heart.