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    Clémentine Margaine as Carmen

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    Markus Brück as Escamillo, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen

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    Tobias Kehrer as Zuniga, Charles Castronovo as Don José

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    Jana Kurucová as Mercédès, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen, Nicole Haslett as Frasquita

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    Jana Kurucová as Mercédès, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen, Nicole Haslett as Frasquita

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    Dean Murphy as Dancairo, Nicole Haslett as Frasquita, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen, Jana Kurucová as Mercédès, Ya-Chung Huang as Remendado, Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

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    Charles Castronovo as Don José, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen

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    Heidi Stober as Micaëla, Charles Castronovo as Don José, Clémentine Margaine as Carmen

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Carmen

Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)

Opéra comique in three acts by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy,
based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée
First performed on 3rd March 1875, in Paris
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 20th January 2018

In French with German and English surtitles

approx. 3 hours 10 min.
Interval [approx. 25 mins] between Acts 2 and 3
Intervals for scene shifting
[approx. 6 mins] after Act 1 and after first part of Act 3

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Stage direction

Ole Anders Tandberg

Set design

Erlend Birkeland

Costume design

Maria Geber

Light design

Ellen Ruge

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Children’s choir

Christian Lindhorst

Choreography

Silke Sense

Carmen

Clémentine Margaine
Irene Roberts (04.02.2018 | 10.02.2018)

Frasquita

Nicole Haslett
Meechot Marrero (10.02.2018 | 30.05.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

Mercédès

Jana Kurucová
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018 | 07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018)

Micaëla

Heidi Stober
Federica Lombardi (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)
Adriana Ferfezka (07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018)

Moralès

Philipp Jekal
Thomas Lehman (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018 | 07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

Zuniga

Tobias Kehrer
Noel Bouley (07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

Escamillo

Markus Brück
Marko Mimica (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018)
Dong-Hwan Lee (07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

Remendado

Ya-Chung Huang
Paul Kaufmann (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018 | 07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

Dancairo

Dean Murphy
Jörg Schörner (30.05.2018 | 01.06.2018 | 07.06.2018 | 09.06.2018 | 16.06.2018)

The Concert Programme

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.

After his triumphant directorial debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Shostakovich’s LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT, Norwegian director Ole Anders Tandberg has set himself the task of reviving for audiences the elemental drives portrayed in Bizet’s masterpiece. He can rely on the services of one of the great Carmen interpreters of the present day, Frenchwoman Clémentine Margaine, who began her international career in the Bismarckstraße.

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.
The Children's Chorus is supported by Berliner Volksbank.
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