Grand Opera – Carmen
Date: 16 to 20 May 2018 (5 performances)
Venue: Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Centre
An Opera in Four Acts
Composer: Georges Bizet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Performed in French with Chinese and English Surtitles
A Production of Opera Hong Kong
Producer: Warren Mok
Conductor: Yves Abel
Director: Jean-Romain Vesperini
Set Designer: Bruno de Lavenère
Costume Designer: Thibaut Welchlin – With the special support of Vannina Vesperini for the costume design of Carmen, Frasquita and Mercédès.
Lighting Designer: Christophe Chaupin
Video Designer: Etienne Guiol
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the opera for everyone. Combining Spanish passion with French lyricism, Bizet’s melodies linger in your ears and heart long after you leave the theatre. Don José throws over everything, career, honour, family, even his childhood sweetheart Micaëla, for a doomed love affair with the gypsy Carmen.
Carmen, one of the most performed operas in the world, is a timeless story about passion, destiny but above all freedom — liberty! — and one unforgettable woman who lives and loves by it, a man consumed by her, and the woman who tries to save him.
This new production from Opera Hong Kong gives Carmen a modern sheen with an innovative nested rotating set, and features renowned artists Jean-François Borras, Giancarlo Monsalve, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Marie Karall, Vittorio Vitelli and Jean-Kristof Bouton — who have sung at leading opera houses from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Royal Opera House in London, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow — making their Chinese debuts.
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