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opera in four acts by Georges Bizet

Saturday October 15th, 2016
; 7:30pm

Teatru tal-Opra Aurora, Victoria, Gozo

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy,
based on a play by Prosper Mérimée.

World Premiere: Paris, March 3rd, 1875
This will be the fourth production for the Aurora Theatre, following 1988, 2000 and 2010.

Approximate Running Time: About 4 hours 15 minutes, including two full intervals (approx. 30 minutes each) and one shorter break between Acts 3 and 4.

Sung in French with spoken parts.

Aurora Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Colin Attard


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The title role of Carmen will be interpreted by the Bulgarian-born mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva. “The rich, smoky colors and earthy sensuality of her voice were matched by the naturalness of her acting and a fiery temperament at one with this touchstone mezzo role”, John Von Rhein writes in the “Chicago Tribune” about the debut of Nadia Krasteva as Carmen on the stage of the Chicago opera. The audience has also applauded to Nadia Krasteva´s bravura role, on leading opera stages all around the world as the Vienna State Opera, the Arena di Verona, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the National Opera Amsterdam, the “O2 Arena” in Hamburg, the National Opera Riga, the National Opera Sofia, New York’s Metropolitan and Milan’s La Scala.


She will be accompanied by the Italian world-class tenor Roberto De Biasio, who amongst other notable appearances is coming from fresh successes at the MetOpera in New York. Escamillo at the Aurora will be none less than La Scala’s own Escamillo – Marcin Bronikowski who also starred in London’s renowned Royal Opera House of Covent Garden. The main quartet will be rounded up by a champion up-and-coming Italian soprano by the name of Giuliana Gianfaldoni, remembered amongst other roles for her already acclaimed role of Adina with Leo Nucci.


Bizet’s Carmen means an extensive cast with a further secondary quartet. Here we see Gabriele Ribis who has also performed Dancairo at the Arena di Verona, Eduardo Santamaria as Remendado, Lara Rotili as Mercedes and Madina Karbeli (as Frasquita) who has recently performed as Adina – the leading role – in Elisir d’Amore at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. Gianluca Breda, who has already appeared at the Aurora (2013) and as Zuniga at the Arena di Verona (2016) to great acclaim will be the first lieutenant, while Francesco Baiocchi will accompany him as Morales.

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