Carmen is one of the most famous operas in the world. The story of a tempestuous Gypsy has gained immense popularity precisely after the opera premiere, not after the initial publication of the original work — the short story by Mérimée. Bizet’s music, full of life and light, praising the freedom of the human person and stunning with incredible drama, makes one ask questions: what moves a person who has fallen in love head over heels, what pushes him to crime, what are jealousy and repentance?
Pyotr Tchaikovsky has acknowledged Carmen to be one of the best opera masterpieces. According to him,“it is one of those few things that are destined to reflect to the greatest degree the musical aspirations of an entire era. In about ten years, Carmen will be the most popular opera in the world.” These words have turned out to be prophetic: nowadays, Carmen is included in the repertoire of opera companies all over the world, and is performed in most languages (even in Japanese!).
The Opera Centre offers its own version of Carmen. Stage Director — Ivan Popovski. The opera was successfully presented on a large-scale tour to Mexico, at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival in Baku, the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod, and on a tour to Sochi. The main parts are performed by the Opera Centre’s soloists.
Irina Aleksidze, soloist of Paliashvili Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater, is invited to perform the title role.
Renowned Italian maestro Marco Boemi will stand at the conductor’s pidium.