Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
Opera in three acts
Sung in French, with German surtitles
Libretto: Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella (1845) by Prosper Mérimée
Premiere: 1875 in Paris
"Carmen" is still one of the most popular operas today, although the audience at its 1875 premiere initially reacted in shock. After all, Bizet elevated underprivileged, ordinary people - the fatally seductive gypsy Carmen and the deserting solider Don José - to the stars of the opera. Nevertheless, the opera began its triumphant march into the music history books, and over 140 years later, the work continues to fascinate audiences with its exotic world of smugglers, bullfighters, smoking and quarrelling factory workers, policemen, children and soldiers. Uwe Eric Laufenberg stages Georges Bizet's famous drama about love, passion and death with Lena Belkina in the title role, as well as Sébastien Guèze and Aaron Cawley as Don José. GMD Patrick Lange conducts the Hessian State Orchestra.
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