Aug'21 - Apr'22
Languages:  FrenchSurtitles:   Czech, English, German
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Amfiteatr , 692 01 Mikulov, Czech Republic

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About the work

Freedom in love or death. The slim short story by the French writer Prosper Merimée about Don José, who deserted the war due to his foolish passion for the savage gypsy, became a smuggler and murderer, served as the basis of one of the most famous operas. Its author, the French composer Georges Bizet, has achieved world fame. Bizet had never been to Spain, but he loved exotic motifs, and the atmosphere of the story captivated him. In his music, he masterfully combined Spanish motifs with French charm and thus gave the world of opera several immortal hits. Directed by Tomáš Pilar, Carmen returns closer to the original short story and reveals other layers of individual characters - the characters here are mainly people who came from completely different backgrounds. It's not just the fleeting and unfettered love of Carmen, with whom the jealous José can't cope. It is a clash of two worlds - orderly, the neat world of José and Micaëla bound in advance by the rules, and the world of gypsies and smugglers living day by day, without laws and ruled by immediate impulses. Their worlds suddenly intersect, but this difference causes tension and conflict, which leads to the complete destruction of both of them. None of them are able to prevent this, because neither is willing or able to back down. Despite the rich melodic invention and great musical characteristics of the characters and the environment, the premiere at the Paris Comic Opera was received by the audience with extreme restraint, and many spectators came only to see the scandalous work spoken of throughout Paris. Shortly after the premiere, Bizet was offered by the new director of the Vienna Court Opera, Franz von Jauner, the performance of Carmen in the capital of the Austrian monarchy. However, he demanded several adjustments - ballet was to be added to the 4th meeting and the dialogues were to be turned into recitatives. Bizet agreed and a contract was signed in early May. At the end of the month, however, Bizet fell ill and died suddenly on June 3, 1875, at the age of 38. The adaptation for the Viennese performance was made by Bizet's friend Ernest Guiraud, who reworked the abbreviated texts of the dialogues into recitatives. Vienna performance 23. October 1875 was a huge success and marked the beginning of the opera's permanent presence on world opera stages in many languages ​​and in many adaptations, as both the first edition of Choudens, which bought publishing rights from Bizet in January 1875, and Guiraud's later adaptations many changes made by the author during rehearsals of the opera. A critical edition containing both versions of the opera appeared in the second half of the 20th century, and today many of the world's scenes return to Bizet's original adaptation while staging this gem of French opera literature. thus, Guiraud's later adaptation with recitatives did not capture many of the changes made by the author during the rehearsals of the opera. A critical edition containing both versions of the opera appeared in the second half of the 20th century, and today many of the world's scenes return to Bizet's original adaptation while staging this gem of French opera literature. thus, Guiraud's later adaptation with recitatives did not capture many of the changes made by the author during the rehearsals of the opera. A critical edition containing both versions of the opera appeared in the second half of the 20th century, and today many of the world's scenes return to Bizet's original adaptation while staging this gem of French opera literature.
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