Opera in 4 acts
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
based on an eponymous novella by Prosper Mérimée
Conductor - Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Alan Buribayev, Producer - Lorenzo Amato (Italy). Stage Designer - Ezio Frigerio, Costume Designer - Franca Squarciapino (Italy), Assistant Costume Designers - Hélène Kritikos, Assel Dosmuratova, Lighting Designer - Jacopo Pontani, Projection Designer - Sergio Metalli (Italy). Choirmaster - Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Dautov.
The fate of the opera Carmen by the French composer Georges Bizet was dramatic. Accentuated realism and choice of the main characters – a frivolous gypsy girl and a soldier, who became a deserter and murderer out of his love for her - shocked the Paris audiences. Bizet died of a heart attack three months after his creation failed, unaware that soon this work would become one of the prominent masterpieces of opera classics.
The opera takes place in Spain in the first half of the 19th century. The beautiful, passionate and freedom-loving gypsy Carmen, who stands out among other workers of the cigarette factory, is in the centre of the rapid succession of events. Unlike the original source, Bizet ennobled the character of his heroine, emphasizing her directness of feelings and independence of actions.
The librettists introduced colorful folk scenes into the opera. A temperamental and motley crowd, dwelling under the burning Southern sun, romantic figures of gypsies and smugglers, and the uplifting atmosphere of bullfighting acutely and brightly emphasize the original characters of Carmen, Don José, Micaëla and Escamillo as well as the tragic nature of their destinies.
Carmen is a fatal woman, whose freedom and love become destructive both for the one she recently loved, and for herself as well.
It is not difficult to understand the reason for such popularity. There are a lot of magnificent tunes in the opera! However, “the historical significance of Bizet's opera is not only in its endless artistic value, but also in the fact that for the first time ever the drama of ordinary people, affirming the ethical rights and dignity of a human being, was so skilfully described on the opera stage...”
LEAD ROLES ARE PERFORMED BY:
Carmen, A Gypsy Girl - Tatyana Vitsinskaya /
Dina Khamzina, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Don José, Corporal - Artem Golubev (Russia)
Escamillo, Toreador - Barseg Tumanyan, People's Artist of Armenia /
Talgat Mussabayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Micaëla, A Village Maiden - Alfiya Karimova, Honoured Artist of Bashkortostan /
Saltanat Akhmetova, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Zuniga, Captain - Yevgeniy Chainikov / Bolat Yessimkhanov
Moralès, Officer - Talgat Galeyev / Shyngys Rasylkhan
Frasquita, A Gypsy Girl - Zhamilya Jarkimbayeva, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /
Mercédès, A Gypsy Girl - Gulzhanat Sapakova / Yelena Ganzha
Le Dancaïre, Smuggler - Alexandr Krassikov / Kazbek Dosmukhambetov
Le Remendado, Smuggler - Zhan Tapin, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /
A Quide - Khaidar Mustapin
Lillas Pastia - Alexandr Yakovenko
The performance has one interval
Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Performed in French
(accompanied by simultaneous subtitles in Kazakh and Russian)
Management reserves the right to substitute performers