CARMEN Georges Bizet
From Opernhaus Zürich 2008
Opera in 4 Acts. Run time: 2hrs42min.
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée.
Sung in French with English subtitles.
With this festival performance from the Zurich Opera, the great Vesselina Kasarova makes her long-awaited debut in one of the greatest mezzo roles in the operatic repertoire: Carmen.
From the moment she appears on stage to the close of the opera just after the heroine’s death, Kasarova dominates the stage with her amazingly nuanced mezzo and her mesmerizing charisma. This is no brazen gypsy girl who turns men’s heads with a toss of her black curls and a sway of the hips; this is a modern, self-confident woman who knows exactly what she wants. This Carmen doesn’t need castanets to express her passion: it glows from within.
She has a partner of equal stature in Jonas Kaufmann’s Don José, who, in Matthias Hartmann’s production, believably undergoes a transformation from repressed mama’s boy to passionate, jealousy-crazed hothead. With “the looks and nonchalance of a rock star” (New York Magazine), Kaufmann is being handled as “arguably the greatest tenor of the past 50 years” (The Guardian). The Zurich production is Kaufmann’s second stage version of Don José, following his role debut in London, which was greeted with standing ovations.
Conductor Franz Welser-Möst
Director Matthias Hartmann
Set designer Volker Hintermeier
Costume designer Su Bühler
Lighting designer Martin Gebhardt
Video designer Felix Breisach
Choral Director Ernst Raffelsberger
Choreographer Teresa Rotemberg
Carmen Vesselina Kasarova
Don José Jonas Kaufmann
Escamillo Michele Pertusi
Micaëla Isabel Rey
Frasquita Sen Guo
Mercédès Judith Schmid
Zuniga Morgan Moody
Moralès Krešimir Stražanac
Smuggler Javier Camarena
Smuggler Gabriel Bermúdez
Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte’s libretto was billed, like many of its time, as dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.
PGfor thematic elements, some suggestive material, and language.
The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys - even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.
Rfor strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is performed with original pre-shows and a live shadow cast, The Come Again Players. Performances first Saturday of every month at midnight.
EVERYONE MUST BE AT LEAST 17 YEARS OLD AND MUST HAVE A POSITIVE I.D. TO BE ADMITTED.
Door open 11:45 PM; Showtime 12:00 AM (140 Minutes)