Georges Bizet's Carmen is one of the most popular works in all of opera literature; That was hardly to be suspected at the premiere in 1875: the Paris audience at the time acknowledged the opera with the utmost reserve. It was not until the first performance in Vienna that the world success was initiated. To this day, Carmen has lost none of her fascination in the elementary effect of her melody and the congenial combination of Spanish passion and Gallic esprit.
Director Matthias Hartmann sets his production in a Mediterranean society that is determined by the coexistence of different social classes: the rather archaic world of gypsies and smugglers is opposed to police violence characterized by corruption and chauvinism. Don José has to realize that by breaking all bridges into bourgeois life he has by no means paid the price of living together with Carmen. Your thirst for freedom is greater than his claim to possession.
Varduhi Abrahamyan, who is still fondly remembered by the Zurich audience from the 2017/18 season, will again take on the title role. Her partner as Don José is again the young Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov. The musical direction is for the first time Robert Trevino, who has already introduced himself to the Zurich audience with a Philharmonic concert.