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Carmen (Opera by Georges Bizet)

Carmen (Opera by Georges Bizet)

Opera by Georges Bizet in four acts
Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Alexei Borodin
Designer: Stanislav Benediktov
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Premiered on 15 July 2015


Act I
A bustling square in the city of Seville. Dragoon guards are watching over the crowd. Micaela comes in search of Don Jose whose mother is sending him a letter through her. As Jose is not to be found, Micaela leaves. Jose arrives with his company to relieve the guards. Female workers of the tobacco make their way from work through the square. Carmen the gypsy is among them. All the men are fascinated by her, but she refuses to love them back: she is drawn to the indifferent one, Don Jose. As she leaves, she throws at him a cassia flower. Micaela returns. She and Jose reminisce about their native land. When Micaela goes away, Jose reads his mother"s letter. He is decided to do as she says and marry Micaela.
Suddenly the peace is disturbed: Carmen has started a quarrel with her fellow worker. Two fighting women are set apart, and Jose is to escort Carmen to jail. Carmen promises him her love if he helps her escape. Jose surrenders to her charm.

Act II
Gypsy girls entertain the soldiers at Lillas Pastia"s. escamillo the toreador praises his dangerous trade, and is in his turn praised by the enrapt crowd. escamillo is captivated by Carmen, but she is not interested in him.
The smugglers Danca?re and Remendado arrive. They tempt Carmen and her friends, Frasquita and Mercedes, to assist them in a fat job. Carmen refuses: she is in love and awaits the soldier who was confined because of her. It is Jose, and he does not hesistate to keep their appointment once he is free. Carmen is happy to see him and eager to dance for him alone. A bugle call summons Jose back to the barracks. He intends to go, and Carmen annoyed with his obedience to command.
Suddenly Zuniga, Jose"s senior, arrives at the inn. He goes after Carmen, but the smugglers interfere. Zuniga is overpowered, and Jose has to join the smugglers.

Smugglers" camp. Jose is jealous of his lover and ashamed of being a deserter.
Carmen reads the cards and is foretold death.
The smugglers, including Frasquita and Mercedes, are in for a job, and Carmen decides to join them to help cajole the customs officers.
escamillo comes to the camp. He wants to see Carmen and declares his love for her. Jose is ready to kill his rival, but Carmen stops their combat. As he leaves, escamillo invites everyone to a bullfight.
Micaela arrives. She was looking for Jose to inform him of his mother"s mortal ilness. Jose has to go with her and leave Carmen.

Act IV
A square in front of an arena where a bullfight is about to start. Carmen and escamillo arrive together, they are happily in love. Frasquita and Mercedes warn Carmen to beware of Jose, but Carmen is intrepid.
She stays behind the crowd and meets Jose face to face. Jose implores Carmen to go with him and love him again, but she is adamant: her heart belongs to another.
Desperate and enraged, Jose kills Carmen.

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