Originated from the novel by Prosper Mérimée, the opera Carmen was completed in the autumn of 1874. It was the last work of Georges Bizet, and also is the most popular opera on the stage in the world until now. Bizet, through his music, told us a tragic story behind brightness, and depicted the optimistic, straightforward but wild personality of a Gipsy girl, Carmen. The opera discloses the bald-faced passions, describes the eternal confrontation between men and women, shows the ruthless but beautiful life, and proves the perpetual co-existence between love and death.
In this opera, Bizet managed to create vivid dramatic melodies with Spanish elements. Some excerpts such as Habanera, Les Toreadors and the Prelude have been highly cherished by many artists and performed again and again in the past century.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy
A fifth revival of NCPA Production
Director: Francesca Zambello
Choreographor: Duncan Macfarland
Stage Design: Peter J. Davison
Costume Design: Susan Wilmington
Lighting Design: Benjamin Pearcy
Revival Director: Shen Liang
Revival Choreographer: Shang Junrui
When: 26 Feb – 2 Mar 2016 19:30
Where: Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts
Price: RMB 880/680/600/550/380/280/100