Carmen

Fri 22. Jan 19:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Sat 06. Feb 19:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Fri 23. Apr 19:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Sun 02. May 19:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre

Carmen

Georges Bizet’s opera

“I have seen about 1,400 performances in my lifetime. In the Vanemuine I have seen performances over about 65 years and also in many other countries and famous theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York. And I have watched the most famous classical operas conducted by the most famous conductors, mostly in Europe’s best opera theatres on the Mezzo TV channel. I am proud and happy to be able to watch such a production of Carmen at the Vanemuine. This is the first Carmen in my life that I have watched with such enjoyment. Such choirs, such precision! Now I understand what a wonder of the world it is if an opera director is a choreographer. I would have enjoyed this Carmen for its movement and visual qualities even if there had been no sound at all. And what masterful singers! I could picture watching this Carmen on the Mezzo channel as well. To my mind the level of the production greatly exceeds that of Mezzo, for both its design and its voices.”

Evald Kampus

This opera was completed in 1875 and is based on the story of the same name by Prosper Mérimée. When Carmen was first staged in Paris, the plot was considered indecent and the characters vulgar. Bizet shocked those watching by putting people from the audience on stage. At the premiere the opera was booed and the critics gave it a unanimous thumbs-down. Today Carmen is Bizet’s most famous work and, especially due to its music, one of the most widely staged operas in the world.

At the Theatre Union’s annual award ceremony, the Natalie Mei Award is given to recognise a high calibre of musical production. The award recipient in 2016 is Maarja Meeru for using distinctive colour schemes to create an integral artistic vision based on large-scale stage visual and characteristic costumes in Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Premiere 22.04.2015 at the Vanemuine Grand Building

In French with English and Estonian surtitles


Conductor Risto Joost
Director & choreographer
Giorgio Madia Italy
Designer Maarja Meeru
Original musical director Paul Mägi

Cast Kai Rüütel, Luc Robert, Jānis Apeinis Latvian NO, Kadri Kõrvek or Sigrid Mutso, Märt Jakobson, Karmen Puis, Pirjo Jonas, Taavi Tampuu, Simo Breede, Rasmus Kull, Jaan Willem Sibul, Arianna Marchiori et al.