Bizet described his opera as an "operetta with a bad ending" - and rightly so, because what is unique about CARMEN is the mixture of romantic opera, realistic drama and Offenbach operetta. Ole Anders Tandberg's production tells the story in powerful images that constantly alternate between shock, grotesqueness and great emotion.
Conductor: Ben Glassberg; Production: Ole Anders Tandberg; With Aigul Akhmetshina, Maria Motolygina, Matthew Newlin / David Butt Philip, Byung Gil Kim a. o.
Georges Bizet’s CARMEN was a deliberate and direct affront to the Romantic operatic tradition. The fiercely independent spirit of the eponymous heroine was the polar opposite of the passive suffering of the female characters that had populated the opera stage up to that point. Yet CARMEN is anti-Romantic in a larger sense: Bizet’s opera presents a world in which love as a feeling between two people is out of place and has long been supplanted by sex and violence.
Carmen and Escamillo, the torero, are emblematic of this new society, where survival of the fittest is the only law that counts, a world where Don José, with his bourgeois ideal of love, remains an oddity, doomed to fail. With his clear-eyed view of the bleakness of the human condition Bizet lines up with novelist Emile Zola. In a rejection of the stereotypical image peddled by many productions, Bizet’s Spain casts the ugliness of poverty in a true light.
Opéra comique in four acts by Georges BizetLibretto by Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella by Prosper MériméeFirst performed on 3rd March 1875, in ParisPremiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 20th January 2018
Recommended from 14 years on
Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Ben Glassberg (Musikalische Leitung)
Ole Anders Tandberg (Inszenierung)
Erlend Birkeland (Bühne)
Maria Geber (Kostüme)
Ellen Ruge (Licht)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Christian Lindhorst (Kinderchor)
Silke Sense (Choreografie)
Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen)
Meechot Marrero (Frasquita)
Arianna Manganello (Mercédès)
Maria Motolygina (Micaëla)
Matthew Newlin (Don José)
Dean Murphy (Moralès)
Christian Simmons (Zuniga)
Byung Gil Kim (Escamillo)
Kieran Carrel (Remendado)
Philipp Jekal (Dancairo)
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)