• 2013/2014 Season
  • Georges Bizet:Carmen
    Opera in 3 Acts
    Sung in French with Japanese Supertitles

This NNTT repertory production was directed by Uyama Hitoshi. This latest incarnation will be conducted by the dynamic Ainars Rubikis, making his NNTT debut. Mr. Rubikis has been serving as Music Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2012. Carmen will be sung by Ketevan Kemoklidze, a young singer who is gaining much notice of late. Ms. Kemoklidze is a popular mezzo soprano who combines fine singing abilities, good looks, and acting skills. This production marks her much-anticipated debut in the title role. The role of Don José will be sung by Gaston Rivero, who has performed the role with both the l'Opera de Lausanne on their Japan tour and with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Hamada Rie will sing Micaëla, reprising the role that earned her favorable notice during the previous run of Carmen here at NNTT.


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.

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