Opera On The Lake
Bregenz, Austria, One of the best-loved Operas around the world opens the 72nd season of Bregenz Festival on July 19th 2017:Georges Bizet´s Carmen.
The Opera will play for a total of 28 evenings on the Bregenz LakeStage.
Back after 25 years.
When Bregenz Festival last presented Carmen at the Lake Stage, it set a new visitor record for the years 1991 and 1992. Now 25 years later the opera about passionate love and spectacular bullfighting returns to the Bregenz Stage in a new production by the Danish director Kasper Holten, who has attracted great attention for his productions at major theaters around the world and who is currently Director of Opera at the renowned Royal Opera House, Covent Garten, London.
The spectacular Stage for Carmen has been designed by Es Devlin, while Paolo Carignani, music director of the Lake Stage production of Turandot (Giacomo Puccini), will again conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
She‘s desired by all and is an object of fascination for the soldiers on guard duty as they smoke and play cards: Carmen. The soldier Don José is ordered to detain her after a fight but she twists him around her finger. He is arrested for his weakness but is soon released. He sees the flower she threw at him as a token of her love and dreams of spending his life with her, even at the cost of losing his rank and status. He hides out with her band of smugglers, ignores Micaëla‘s words of warning, and even imagines he‘s more than a match for Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter. The latter, however, has long since captured Carmen‘s heart, making Don José mad with jealousy…
Georges Bizet‘s captivating music with its Spanish sounds took the world by storm: Carmen‘s Habanera and Seguidilla, like Escamillo‘s Toreador‘s Song, are known to one and all. The French composer‘s most successful opera will be staged at Bregenz with a set designed by British artist Es Devlin. She has designed sets for pop stars like Ad le, U2, Take That, the PetShop Boys and Kanye West. In collaboration with the stage director Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, she has also worked at opera houses in Helsinki and Copenhagen, at the Theater an der Wien and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
For the Danish stage director, this “opera about destiny and obsession” centres on “two people who are treated as outsiders, whose paths cross and who cling to each other in a passionate but unhealthy relationship”.
Music director Paolo Carignani | Jordan de Souza
Stage director Kasper Holten
Stage designer Es Devlin
Costume designer Anja Vang Kragh
Lighting designer Bruno Poet
Video designer Luke Halls
Sound designer Gernot Gögele | Alwin Bösch
Choral director Lukáš Vasilek | Benjamin Lack
Choreographer Signe Fabricius
Stunt choreographer Ran Arthur Braun
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt
Carmen Gaëlle Arquez | Lena Belkina | Annalisa Stroppa
Don José Daniel Johansson | Martin Muehle | Arnold Rawls
Escamillo Andrew Foster-Williams | Scott Hendricks | Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla Cristina Pasaroiu | Melissa Petit | Elena Tsallagova
Frasquita Jana Baumeister | Soniá Grané
Mercédès Marion Lebègue | Judita Nagyova
Zuniga Yasushi Hirano | Sébastien Soulès
Moralès Rafael Fingerlos |Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
Remendado István Horváth | Peter Marsh
Dancaïro Adrian Clarke
Stuntmen | Dancers | Extras
Bregenz Festival Chorus
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Children’s choir of Musikmittelschule Bregenz-Stadt
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
The 2017 bregenz Festival runs from 19th July to 20th of August.
©Bregenzer Festpiele 2017