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Sunday, 19 January 2020, Hour 18:30
Main Hall

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Conductor: Gheorghe Victor Dumănescu
Artistic direction: Emil Strugaru (guest)
Scenography: PhD. arh. Cătălin Ionescu Arbore (guest)
Choreography: Livia Tulbure Gună (guest)

Don José: Hector Lopez
Escamillo: Geani Brad
Dancairo: Bogdan Nistor
Remendado: Eusebiu Huțan (guest)
Zuniga: Simonfi Sandor
Moralès: George Godja
Carmen: Liza Kadelnik

Micaëla: Diana Țugui
Frasquita: Oana Trîmbițaș
Mercédès: Liliana Neciu

The Orchestra, the Chorus and the Ballet ensemble of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca

"Junior-Vip" Chorus of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca and of the "Sigismund Toduță" Music College in Cluj-Napoca - Conductor: Anca Mona Mariaș

Chorus conductor: Corneliu Felecan
Assistance choreography: Marius Toda
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu


show category: opera

Opera in four acts on a libretto by Henry Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy, based on Prosper Mérimée’s homonym novelette

Recommended Age: 5+

The last and most important of George Bizet’s operas ouvre, Carmen became gradually acknowledged, in spite of the hostility and negative reviews that accompanied the night of its premiere at parisian Opéra Comique (June 3rd 1875). The aim of Camille du Locle – institution’s general manager at that time – of making the ,,genre evolve” found its accomplishment in an unprecedented realistic work, recounting the tragic story of the soldier Don José, a victim of the sensual gyspsy, Carmen. After defying his family, compromising his career and totally exceeding the morality limits for the woman who loves feverishly, Don José ends up by killing her.

Hereby it becomes obvious why the parisian public, already used to diverting or ,,happy-end” plays, was taken by surprise. Even so, the genious manner in which Bizet built the dramatic evolution, the seductive melodies of Habanera, Séguedille or The Toreador Song, the spanish tone and the french-like lyricism, got eventually, its deserved appreciation, conquering even nowadays the loud applause of the worldwide public.

The performance has three breaks and and ends around 9.50 p.m.