Performance schedule is as follows:
Tue 6 Oct 2009, 7:00 PM
Sat 10 Oct 2009, 7:00 PM
Tue 13 Oct 2009, 7:00 PM
Wed 21 Oct 2009, 7:00 PM
Sat 24 Oct 2009, 7:00 PM
Within a couple of years of its premiere at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen went on to a triumph that has never diminished – though its composer, discouraged by its initial reception, would not live to see it.
The world’s most popular opera appears once more in Francesca Zambello’s lively production to atmospheric designs by Tanya McCallin, first seen in 2006. Taking the leads this time around are the glamorous rising star Latvian mezzo Elina Garanca as Carmen and Roberto Alagna as her fated lover and nemesis, Don Jose.
Ildebrando d’Arcangelo returns as the macho bullfighter Escamillo and Chinese soprano Liping Zhang, counterbalancing the flamboyant gypsy, sings good-girl Micaela. Bertrand de Billy, particularly admired as an interpreter of the music of his native France, makes a welcome return to Covent Garden to conduct this revival. -- www.roh.org.uk