Screening - Carmen - Roh

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Carmenis the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form - numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The operas heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premire. Bizet died shortly afterwards, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmenwould achieve.This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Koskys highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the worlds most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera dbut with Shostakovichs The Nosein 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmenhe has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard.

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