Conductor: Yordan Kamdzhalov

A summer night and Amphitheatre are the perfect dramatic setting for the story of passionate love, fatal jealousy, spite and freedom.

The beautiful music and temperamental rhythm of Spanish melodies make Carmen one of the most popular operas in the history of music, also one of the five most frequently performed operas in the world every year. In the hot summer night, under the clear sky, let yourself be captivated by the ensemble of young opera stars, chorus, ballet and the orchestra of the Rijeka Opera that is said to be the best in this part of Europe according to the opinion of critics and the audience.

Bizet’s best-known opera Carmen from the year 1875 was created after the novel of the same title by Prospero Mérimé, published in 1846. Carmen describes a completely different world from the one that is commonly shown in the operas of that time. In this dangerous story, characters openly present their passionate, actually blind love, jealousy, spite and rage.

Carmen acquired its planetary glory with inventive melodies that for the first time have elements of the Spanish folklore interwoven. Carmen, “free she was born and free she will die”, is presented with powerful and passionate music, filled with famous arias and chorus parts alongside which you will furtively sing.

The production of Carmen that you will be able to see on the 1st of August is created specifically for the setting of the Arena in Pula. Set and lighting interventions will transform the Arena into dramatic Spanish sceneries and a bullfighting arena.

The opera will be performed by brilliant young soloists who will captivate you with their energy, expressive acting and stage presence. Ivana Srbljan sings the title role, Aljaž Farasin portrays the role of Don José, Anamarija Knego performs the role of Micäela and Luka Ortar that of Escamillo.

In no opera house in the world can you see the performance of Carmen to be rendered by the Opera of the Ivan pl. Zajc CNT!

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