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 phenomenal Amadi Lagha, famed for singing not one but two encores of his aria in Turandot in the summer 2018 festival, will be seen as Carmen’s fateful lover Don José. Andrei Kymach, winner of the 2019 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, has been cast in the role of Escamillo.
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 Opera Festival has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic. This summer’s programme will be performed in Olavinlinna in one year’s time. If you have bought or reserved a ticket for summer 2020, don’t worry. Your reservation has been moved to next year. Read more here.