Opera
Staatstheater Darmstadt exchange production

Carmen

Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
Sung in French, with German surtitles
Opera in four acts | Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella (1845) by Prosper Mérimée
First performance: 1875 in Paris

Photo: Martina Pipprich
Photo: Martina Pipprich
Photo: Martina Pipprich
Photo: Martina Pipprich
Photo: Martina Pipprich

In the end, Carmen’s blood flows just like that of the slain bull. The death motifs of the beautiful, sultry gypsy woman mingle with the bullfighting and desperation of her killer in some of the finest French operatic music. Nietzsche depicted “Carmen” as the antithesis of Richard Wagner’s work. “I almost think Carmen is the best opera there is”, he wrote.

Cast

Conductor Will Humburg
Christoph Altstaedt
Director Sandra Leupold
Stage Designer Stefan Heinrichs
Costume Designer Mechthild Feuerstein
Chorus Master Thomas Eitler-de Lint
Dramaturgy Mark Schulze Steinen
Elena Beer, Joachim Enders, Bartholomew Berzonsky, Giacomo Marignani, Irina Skhirtladze, Jason Tran, Nadine Smolka, Bernd Kaiser, Marcin Dobrzanski, Chor & Extrachor des Staatstheaters Darmstadt, Kinderchor des Staatstheaters Darmstadt, Staatstorchester Darmstadt, Statisterie des Staatstheaters Darmstadt
Carmen Tamara Gura
Stella Grigorian, Solisten, Chor & Jugendchor des Staatstheaters Darmstadt, Thomas Blondelle, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Katharina Persicke, Susanne Serfling, Krzysztof Szumanski, Nicolas Legoux, Jana Baumeister, Katja Stüber, Amira Elmadfa, David Pichlmaier, Oleksandr Prytolyuk, Miniseok Kim, Juri Lavrentiv

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