On 17.01.2020 at MOB will be performed Carmen which is specially prepared for the “70 years ballet” jubilee and is choreographed by Gabor Kevahazi of Hungary, the scenery is by Maria Veteroska and the costumes by Maria Pupucevska
Carmen originally is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libereto was written by Henri Meilha and Ludovic Halvey, based on a novella of the same title by Posper Meriemee. The opera was first performed by the Opera Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.
Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon the Habanera from act 1 and the “Toreador Song” from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.
The opera is written in the genre of opera comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous torero Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.