Georges Bizet’s Carmen is opera for everyone. Combining Spanish passion with French lyricism, it has music that stays in the mind and rhythms that pound in the heart for days afterwards. Don José throws over everything, career, honour, family, even his childhood sweetheart Micaëla, for a doomed love affair with the gypsy Carmen.
Carmen, one of the most performed operas in the world, is a timeless story about passion, destiny but above all freedom — liberty! — and one unforgettable woman who lives and loves by it, a man consumed by her, and the woman who tries to save him.
This new production from Opera Hong Kong gives Carmen a modern sheen with an innovative nested rotating set, and features four renowned artists Jean-François Borras, Giancarlo Monsalve, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Marie Karall, Vittorio Vitelli and Jean-Kristof Bouton — who have sung at leading opera houses from the Metropolitan Opera House, Royal Opera House in London, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow — making their Chinese debuts.
Opera Hong Kong
Established in 2003, Opera Hong Kong is committed to the mission of enhancing the appreciation of the art of opera in Hong Kong and promoting local musical talents. In addition to staging operas and concerts, education and outreach programme are also held regularly to reach the young population. Opera Hong Kong Chorus and Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus were established in 2004 and 2008 respectively and are becoming recognised forces in the local choral scene.
In 2015, OHK has launched The Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme (the Programme), a 3-year opera training programme funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, to nurture ten professional young local artists. The Programme is the first-ever intensive professional opera training project in Hong Kong accompanied by a series of outreach activities. Mr. Gong Dongjian, a famous bass and an experienced vocal coach, is the Programme Director of the Programme.