Carmen is an opera of untamed passion. It’s about freedom, love unconstrained by rules, burning lust, jealousy and fatalism. The world’s most popular opera reveals new layers upon closer inspection. Perhaps Carmen’s restlessness is fuelled by an innate need to belong somewhere – and to someone.
”Carmen’s lust for life and love is fascinating. As an artist, I understand her inner fire and passion. Come what may, you must follow your heart,” says Tuija Knihtilä, who radiates in the lead role.
The cast also includes soprano Marjukka Tepponen, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner Andrei Kymach and the phenomenal Amadi Lagha (Don José), who sang his aria in Turandot twice after rapturous applause in the summer 2018 Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Bizet’s composition beats to a Sevillian rhythm, but with the light-hearted and sophisticated air of his native France. Testament to his spectacular sense of drama, Carmen promises an unforgettable night.
”Carmen’s lust for life and love is fascinating. As an artist, I understand her inner fire and passion. Come what may, you must follow your heart.”