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.
The I Hate Opera Guide – Carmen by Philip Eisenbeiss
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An Opera in 4 Acts
Performed in French with Chinese and English Surtitles
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 Carmen, Frasquita and Mercédès costumes.
Lighting Designer Christophe Chaupin
Video Designer Etienne Guiol
Assistant Director and Choreographer Daphné Mauger
Chinese Choreographer Jin Miaomiao
Chorus Director Alex Tam
Children Chorus Coach Joseph Wu
Assistant Rehearsal Conductor & Principal Répétiteur Nina Yip
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Opera Hong Kong Chorus
Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus
The Song and Dance Troupe of Fujian Opera Dance and Drama Theatre
Carmen Varduhi Abrahamyan*/ Marie Karall^
Don José Jean-François Borras (16, 18 May) / Giancarlo Monsalve (17, 19 & 20 May)
Micaëla Li Yang*/ Colette Lam^
Escamillo Vittorio Vitelli (16, 18 & 19 May)/ Jean-Kristof Bouton (17 & 20 May)
Zuniga Apollo Wong
Frasquita Joyce Wong */ Phoebe Tam^
Mercédès Bobbie Zhang* / Samantha Chong^
Dancairo Albert Lim* / Sammy Chien^
Remendado Chen Chen*/ Chen Yong^
Moralès Alexander Chen
Performance Dates: * 16, 18 & 20 May | ^ 17 & 19 May
The presenter reserves the right to replace artists at short notice in the event of the said performer(s) indisposition or other unforeseen circumstances.