Music by Georges BIZET
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in French with English and Japanese surtitles
3 Jul. - 19 Jul., 2021 ( 6 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours and 30 mins.
Carmen is one of the most popular operas ever written. The drama unfolds around the free-spirited Carmen and the earnest Don José, who are fatefully bound in both love and death. This work brims with familiar music, including the lively prelude, "Habanera", which accompanies Carmen's appearance on stage, "Seguidilla", by which Carmen beguiles Don José, the spectacular "Les tringles des sistres tintatient (La Chanson Bohême)" , accompanied by flamenco dancing, and the showy "Votre toast, je peux vous le render (Toreador Aria)".
This is a new production of Carmen by Spanish director Àlex OLLÉ of Barcelona, who brings his own inimitable reading of the opera and has it unfold in a completely new way. As with his new production of Turandot, performed at several venues in Japan in 2019, OLLÉ's musical sensitivity, bold ideas and strongly coherent vision flower in the dynamic space of his productions. This is a production bound to gain national and international attention.
Artistic Director of Opera ONO Kazushi will be taking up the baton, tag-teaming with OLLÉ to sweep up the house in a passionate whirl. The role of Carmen will be performed by the talented French mezzo soprano Stéphanie D'OUSTRAC, while the up-and-coming tenor Migran AGADZHANYAN will take on the role of Don José.
In a square in Seville, the girls from the cigarette factory nearby come out for a break. One of them, the gypsy Carmen, flirts with the soldiers while she sings her habanera song. As she leaves, she throws a flower at corporal Don José. At that moment, Micaëla, José childhood sweetheart from his home village, brings a letter from his mother, putting him in a nostalgic mood. A fight erupts between Carmen and another girl, and Carmen is arrested. José is ordered to guard her, but seduced by her alluring words, he lets her go.
At Lillas Pastia's inn, Carmen waits for José who has just been released from prison. The bull-fighter Escamillo enters and is attracted by her but she refuses him. José arrives and Carmen starts to dance for him, but soon he is summoned back to the barracks. As he struggles between love and duty, Zuniga, his captain, turns up to see Carmen and José attacks him in a jealous rage. Zuniga is led away by Carmen's smuggler friends Dancairo and Remendado, and José has no choice but to join the smugglers' group.
The smugglers are in their mountain hideout. Carmen is tired of José and they quarrel. Reading her fortune in the cards with her friends, Carmen forsees death. Micaëla appears and begs José to come home as his mother is dying. He leaves, but warns Carmen he will return.
On the day of the bullfight in Seville, Carmen comes to see her lover Escamillo in the fight. Her friends warn her that José is looking for her and to be careful. The two meet outside the arena and José begs her to return to him, but she refuses: she was born free and free she will die. Enraged, José stabs Carmen to death as the cheers for Escamillo's triumph is heard.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: ONO Kazushi
Production: Àlex OLLÉ
Set Design: Alfons FLORES
Costume Design: Lluc CASTELLS
Lighting Design: Urs SCHÖNEBAUM
Carmen: Stéphanie D'OUSTRAC
Don José: Migran AGADZHANYAN
Escamillo: Alexandre DUHAMEL
Micaëla: SUNAKAWA Ryoko
Zuniga: TSUMAYA Hidekazu
Moralès: YOSHIKAWA Kenichi
Le Dancaïre: MACHI Hidekazu
Le Remendado: ITOGA Shuhei
Frasquita: MORIYA Mari
Mercédès: KANEKO Mika
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
Stéphanie D'OUSTRACDon José
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