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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
July 01 18:00, July 04 19:00, July 07 19:00, July 10 19:30, July 14 19:00
Zurich Opera
Eun Sun KimConductor
Matthias HartmannDirector
Volker HintermeierSet Designer
Su BühlerCostume Designer
Varduhi AbrahamyanMezzo-sopranoCarmen
Dmytro PopovTenorDon José
Levente MolnárBaritoneEscamillo
Guanqun YuSopranoMicaëla
Yuriy TsipleBaritoneMoralès
Sen GuoSopranoFrasquita
Irène FriedliSopranoMercédès
Dmytro KalmuchynBaritoneLe Dancaïre
Jamez McCorkleTenorLe Remendado
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

She has long since become a legend: Carmen, the gypsy girl who ultimately pays for her love of freedom with her life. At the Paris première in 1875, the audience was reserved, indeed shocked at the earthy realism of Bizet’s opera. Aggressively sensual, Carmen takes a stand that went considerably further than permitted by the period’s narrow confines of bourgeois “good taste.” Yet only the première in Vienna was to usher in the work’s triumphal progress, which remains unbroken to this day. Matthias Hartmann’s successful production recounts the tragic story without any folkloristic conventions. In the brightest sunlight, the archaic world of the smugglers and gypsies clashes with the corrupt world of the police, and the drama between Carmen and the sergeant Don José, who is obsessed by her, reaches its inevitable climax.

The Armenian mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan was heard most recently at Zurich Opera House as the passionate Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, but Bizet’s Carmen is also one of her classic roles. Performances of this role to date have taken her to such venues as Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the Opéra National de Paris. Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim, who has celebrated successes in recent years at such renowned theatres as the Semperoper Dresden and the Berlin State Opera, will be at the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich for the first time.

July 2018
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