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CARMEN: National Opera (Netherlands)

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST

In 1875, Carmen was typecast by Bizet as the ultimate sultry siren – alluring and irresistible to men. She embodied everything that went against the grain of propriety, exposing the secret, inner desires of respectable citizens in the 19th century. Carmen’s nonconformist approach highlights the general parochial mindset of the time, which was punctuated by self-righteous morality. In 19th century culture, Carmen personified exoticism and the longing people felt for faraway places. She is intoxicating, intriguing audiences with her uncompromising approach to life, unwilling to sacrifice either love or freedom. She lives life true to her ideals and is fearless in her pursuit of these: vive la liberté!

Young Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza, hailed as a pioneer of his generation, will make his Dutch National Opera debut and promises to provide a refreshing interpretation of Bizet’s score. The production will feature a cast of exceptional singers, including French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don José and mezzosoprano J’Nai Bridges, whose portrayal of Carmen is in great international demand.


Lyric drama in four acts

Sung in French

Libretto  Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée

Musical direction  Jordan de Souza
Stage direction  Robert Carsen
Set design  Michael Levine
Costume design  Falk Bauer
Lighting design  Robert Carsen Peter van Praet
Choreography  Marco Berriel

Don José  Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Escamillo  Lukasz Golinski
Le Dancaïre  Michael Wilmering
Le Remendado Ian Castro*
Zuniga  Frederik Bergman
Morales  Opera Studio
Carmen  J’Nai Bridges
Micaëla  Adriana González
Frasquita  Inna Demenkova*
Mercédès  Polly Leech
Lilas Pastia  Laurent D’Elia

* Dutch National Opera Studio

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorusmaster Lionel Sow

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor


September 22
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST
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National Opera (Netherlands)
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Dutch National Opera and Ballet
Amstel, 3
Amsterdam, 1011 PN Netherlands
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31 20 551 81 17
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