Carmen

Georges Bizet

Carmen is an opera of untamed passion. It is about freedom, love unconstrained by rules, burning lust, jealousy and fatalism. What’s more, upon closer inspection, the world’s most popular opera reveals new layers. Perhaps Carmen’s restlessness is fuelled by an innate need to belong somewhere – and to someone.

The passionate lead role will be interpreted by the award-winning, rising Swiss-born mezzo-soprano Ève-Maud Hubeaux, while the outstanding Amadi Lagha will be seen as Carmen’s lover Don José. In Turandot in summer 2018, the audience applauded Lagha with such rapture and persistence that he sang his aria not once but twice.

The production whisks the audience to the lively milieu of 1930s Spain. Bizet’s composition beats to a Sevillan rhythm, but with the light-hearted and sophisticated air of his native France. The young conductor Stephan Zilias is a rising talent from Germany. He has been awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour reserved for the particularly successful in their career, including Sir Simon Rattle.

Team

  • Conductor

    Stephan Zilias

  • Director

    Marianne Mörck

  • Revised production

    Anselmi Hirvonen

  • Set designer

    Anna Kontek

  • Choreography

    Anna Palmio

  • Costume designer

    Ann-Mari Anttila

  • Lighting designer

    Thorsten Dahn

  • Chorus master

    Matti Hyökki

  • Children's choir coach

    Leena Astikainen

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra

  • Language

    French

  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    approx. 3 hours 15 minutes. One interval.

Tuija Knihtilä
Carmen (3.7., 10.7., 13.7.)
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Ève-Maud Hubeaux
Carmen (7.7., 17.7., 21.7.)
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Amadi Lagha
Don José
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Yuriy Yurchuk
Escamillo (3.7., 10.7., 13.7.)
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Tapani Plathan
Escamillo (7.7., 17.7., 21.7.)
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Aurora Marthens
Micaëla (3.7., 10.7., 13.7.)
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Annika Leino
Micaëla (7.7., 17.7., 21.7.)
Simo Mäkinen
Remendado
Joonas Asikainen
Dancaïro
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Johanna Wallroth
Frasquita
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Irina Nuutinen
Mercedes
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Nicholas Söderlund
Zuniga
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Sampo Haapaniemi
Morales
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