Carmen

Georges Bizet

Due to the pandemic situation and the uncertainties around large events, we must give up on all our opera performances in July 2021. 

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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 extremely fascinating. As an artist, I understand her inner fire and passion. Whatever life throws at you, you put your heart in it,” says Tuija Knihtilä, who radiates in the lead role.

Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule’s strong and nuanced voice has made an impact around the world. In the last year, the young, rising talent was meant to sing the lead role in Carmen at three different opera houses in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong, but the coronavirus pandemic cancelled all the performances. Just before lockdown, she performed as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Other performers include Helena Juntunen, the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition winner Johanna Wallroth, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner Andrei Kymach, and the Swedish baritone Fredrik Zetterström. The phenomenal Amadi Lagha (Don José) is the very tenor who repeated his aria following rapturous applause in the summer 2018 Opera Festival.

The orchestra will be led by the Scottish conductor Garry Walker, ”a breath of fresh air in the European opera scene,” as Artistic Director Ville Matvejeff puts it.

Bizet’s composition beats to a Sevillian rhythm, but with the light-hearted and sophisticated air of his native France. Carmen promises an unforgettable night.

Read synopsis.

Team

  • Conductor

    Garry Walker

  • Director

    Marianne Mörck

  • Revival director

    Anselmi Hirvonen

  • Set designer

    Anna Kontek

  • Costume designer

    Ann-Mari Anttila

  • Thorsten Dahn

  • Lighting designer

    Anna Palmio

  • 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

    3 hr 15 min, one interval

Cast

Tuija Knihtilä
Carmen
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Carolyn Sproule
Carmen (3., 6., 12. & 20.7.)
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Amadi Lagha
Don José
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Luc Robert
Don José (3.7.)
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Andrei Kymach
Escamillo
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Fredrik Zetterström
Escamillo (3., 6., 12. & 20.7.)
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Helena Juntunen
Micaëla
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Annika Leino
Micaëla
Nicholas Söderlund
Zuniga
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Johanna Wallroth
Frasquita
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Irina Nuutinen
Mercédès
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Joonas Asikainen
Dancaïro
Simo Mäkinen
Remendado
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