Calixto Bieito's Carmen in Bilbao


ABAO-OLBE recovers Carmen from Bizet, the most universal and popular French opera from the international repertoire. The following days 15, 18, 21, 22 New -open- Y 24 up to February this title scene penetrating emotional content in which a crossing loves and desires recounted, explicitly presenting the cultural clash between its two main protagonists. A disturbing and profound moral dilemma still in force today, Bieito as shown in the proposal stage. This opéra-comique in four acts, where love, the yearning for freedom, death and fatality are present from the early stages, tells the story of Carmen. A beautiful gypsy woman who induces a soldier desertion, Mr Jose, helps smugglers, dancing in the taverns and is murdered by her former lover. To give life to the characters of this drama and musical complexity ABAO face-OLBE has assembled a cast led by the Italian mezzosoprano Sonia Ganassi who returns to Bilbao to take over the role of 'Carmen' and interpret the famous "Habanera". Beside her Venezuelan tenor Aquiles Machado He provides the voice of 'Don José', After the young Dragons of Alcala falls in love with the beautiful gypsy. The Malaga-born baritone Carlos Alvarez ABAO returns to confront the role of torero 'Escamillo' and sing the most popular opera aria "Song of the torero". Closing the protagonist quartet's debut Valencian soprano Maite Alberola as 'Micaela', Don Jose's fiancee. The broad lineup is completed by the mezzosoprano hope Mentxaka as 'Mercedes', soprano Elena Sancho Pereg as 'Frasquita', the tenor Stephen Vincent as 'Le Recommended', baritone Damian del Castillo como 'Le Dancaire', the bass Federico Sacchi as 'Zuniga' and baritone Giovanni Guagliardo as 'Moralès'. The musical direction is by the French master Jean Yves Ossonce, debuting in ABAO to the front of the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa put music to this score of great beauty and expressive power. The Bilbao Opera Choir, directed by Boris Dujin, accompanied for the occasion by the Children's Choir of the Choral Society of Bilbao, Complete this section. On the stage, a co-production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Regio di Torino y Teatro la Fenice in Venice por la que on creador, calixto Bieito, debuting in Bilbao, He received in 2012 Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Director and 2011 Campoamor Theater Lyric Award. A start-realistic scene that alienates the protagonist of the Andalusian topics and folclorismo, making it a modern woman, He owns their wishes although he go life depended on it. It is a recreation of great social component closely linked to current issues such as border disputes, racism and gender violence. The action is set in an old barracks of the legion in the years Spain 50-60 where it prevails a primitive virility and coarse and love, jealousy, sexuality and marginalization, acquire a very powerful emotional and physical violence. Carmen representing the 22 February, opened the eighth edition of Opera Berri, ABAO-OLBE initiative developed to bring opera to new audiences with well-known titles and entries that are around 50% of their usual price. In this feature mezzo-soprano returns to Bilbao Ana Ibarra as 'Carmen'. Beside her debuts tenor Paulo Ferreira as 'Don José' and baritone Zoltan Nagy as 'Escamillo'. The rest of the poster (musical direction, orchestra, choir and stage direction) it keeps.

Conference on Carmen

In order to analyze, in advance the premiere, the most important aspects of this opera by Bizet, ABAO-OLBE organizing a conference, Free entrance until full capacity, on Friday 14 February at the Hotel Ercilla to 20.00 hours. This time discover the ins and outs of Carmen collaborator ABAO-OLBE in the educational program, Carlos Imaz.