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Georges Bizet: CARMEN - archive
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The Prague Carmen: Jana Sykorova, mezzo-soprano. Outstanding young Czech opera singer, coloured voice, bel canto. Carmen, Dalila, Fenena, Suzuki, Olga, Varvara, Orlando. World premieres Faidra 2000 (Viklicky), Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man (Petitgirard) 02/2002, French premiere Nice 11/2002, The Ploughman and the Death 01/2003 (Viklicky). Maddalena with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2007MUSICAL ARRANGEMENT: Jiří Bělohlávek
CONDUCTORS: Jiří Bělohlávek / Jaroslav Kyzlink / Peter Feranec / Ondrej Lenárd
DIRECTOR: Jozef Bednárik
STAGE DESIGN: Vladimír Čáp
COSTUMES: Ľudmila Várossová
CHORUS MASTER: Pavel Vaněk
DRAMATURGY: Jan Panenka
The opera is presented in the French original (with Czech super-titles)
PREMIERE: 03/15/1999

CAST:
CARMEN: Marina Domashenko-Jakovleva / Jolana Fogašová / Jana Sýkorová
DON JOSÉ: Sergej Ljadov / Valentin Prolat
ESCAMILLO: Roman Janál / Vratislav Kříž / Jiří Sulženko
MICAELA: Dana Burešová / Maria Haan / Iveta Jiříková / Helena Kaupová / Jitka Svobodová
DANCAIRO: Jaroslav Březina / Vladimír Daedal
REMENDADO: Alfréd Hampel / Jan Ježek / Miroslav Švejda
ZUNIGA: Aleš Hendrych / Jiří Kalendovský / Luděk Vele
MORALES: Pavel Červinka / Jiří Kubík
FRASQUITA: Martina Bauerová / Jitka Soběhartová
MERCEDES: Jaroslava Maxová / Yvona Škvárová / Miroslava Volková

The story of the passionate and beautiful Carmen, the frivolous seductress, whose fickle life ands at the hands of the jilted lover, was written by Prosper Mérimée a whole thirty years before the premier of Bizet's work. The thirty-seven-year-old composer intro-duced more characters into the plot. He positioned the carefree Carmen in juxtaposition to the pure and responsible Micaela, in addition to José there is his arch enemy Don Escamillo.

 

The Prague Carmen: Jana Sykorova, mezzo-soprano

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While preserving the simple story Bizet composed an opera full of sensual and wild Spanish melodies which, how-ever, generated enthusiasm throughout Europe only after the premier in 1875 (the audience hiss at the premier in Paris six month earlier). The composer, however, did not live to experience the success of his masterpiece.

The Prague Carmen: Jana Sykorova, mezzo-soprano The Prague Carmen: Jana Sykorova, mezzo-soprano The Prague Carmen: Jana Sykorova, mezzo-soprano
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