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Carmen (Rescheduled from 2020-07-03)

Olavinlinna CastleSavonlinna, Kymenlaakso, 57150, Finland
Dates/times in Helsinki time zone
Friday 02 July 202119:00
Tuesday 06 July 202119:00
Friday 09 July 202119:00
Monday 12 July 202119:00
Friday 16 July 202119:00
Tuesday 20 July 202119:00
Thursday 22 July 202119:00
Festival: Savonlinna Opera Festival
Bizet, Georges (1838-1875)CarmenLibretto by Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy,
Marianne MörckDirector
Anna KontekSet Designer
Ann-Mari AnttilaCostume Designer
Tuija KnihtiläMezzo-sopranoCarmenJul 02, 09, 16, 22
Amadi LaghaTenorDon José
Andrei KymachBaritoneEscamillo
Annika LeinoSopranoMicaëlaJul 06, 12, 20
Irina NuutinenMezzo-sopranoMercédès
Joonas AsikainenBaritoneLe Dancaïre
Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Children's Choir
Matti HyökkiChoirmaster / chorus director
Thorsten DahnLighting Designer

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.

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