Opera de Paris: Carmen - Palace Opera & Ballet

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Opera de Paris: Carmen - Palace Opera & Ballet

Starring Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna.
Directed by Calixto Bieito.
Classification: CTC, 180 mins.
Country: France.
Language: French (subtitled).


"Carmen will never surrender, born free, free will she die” cries Bizet’s titular heroine (brilliant mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča) to Don José (Roberto Alagna) at the end of the opera. This irrepressible freedom, coupled with a need to live ever more intensely on a knife-edge, is present in Calixto Bieito’s production as in no other. Of Prosper Mérimée’s character, Bieito’s Carmen retains her thoroughly Iberian contours and the burning temperament of a woman who lives by small-time trafficking. However, the rebel bird is essentially a creature of our own times. A brazen and indomitable seductress and a product of social and masculine brutality, she lives life in the fast lane, avid for existence.

Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, July 2017.
Director: Calixto Bieito.
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
Cast: Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna.
Duration: approx. 3h incl. interval.
Sung in French, with English subtitles.


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