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Carmen by Olivier Py


Georges Bizet's 19th-century masterpiece of French opera has constantly been a worldwide success since its laborious creation at the Opera Comique in Paris; to such an extent, in fact, that today it is the most popular opera in the world. Olivier Py is directing it in Lyon just four years after having presented Curlew River by Britten. The dramaturg, stage director and playwright, actor singer and, until recently, manager of the Odéon Theatre in Paris, claims his Catholic faith loud and clear. Although his dramaturgy is deeply marked by theological, philosophical and metaphysical concern it also has a sulfurous reputation but nonetheless speaks to us of its strength and the original way in which he approaches his work. Nobody doubts that the complexity of Bizet's heroine has served as an inspiration for a breath taking performance, as amazingly successful as his version of Berg's Lulu, a very similar and just as fascinating heroine as Carmen, produced at the Geneva Opera in 2010. Py will be all the more capable of exalting the diversity of this magnificient character with the leading role played by Josè Maria Lo Monaco, heard recently in Jomelli's Demofoonte, diected by Riccardo Mutti at the Paris Opera in 2009; with her perfect physic her warm mezzo soprano voice she will undoubtedly be a wonderfull Carmen." Bruno Serrou


Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Opéra de Lyon
  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 159 min
  • Original language
  • French
  • Year
  • 2012
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Opera

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