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Carmen’s seductive opera

Legendary opera Carmen is coming to the island for two shows, bringing the Prosper Mérimée novella about Spanish gypsy living to life. First published in 1845, French composer George Bizet then turned it into an opera following Carmen and her seductive ways.

This production on December 19 (Limassol) and December 22 (Nicosia) includes choreography by Liliya Sabitova who transformed the epic novella into a powerful, theatrical ballet, performed by her company of internationally acclaimed ballet dancers, the Moscowia Ballet theatre.

“Carmen is the dance of a femme fatale, a diabolical and seductive woman who passionately responds to the challenges of her time,” Liliya said.

Bizet’s electrifying music underscores Merimé’s extensive novelette on beautiful and reckless Carmen, whose volatile life is foretold in a tragic tale of passion and betrayal. Don José is hopelessly smitten by the free-spirited and sensual Carmen, but when she discards him for a dashing matador his ardour turns to jealous rage.

The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris in March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalised its first audiences.

The French composer died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon, while the ‘Habanera’ from act 1 and the ‘Toreador Song’ from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.

Performance of Carmen opera by Moscowia
Ballet theatre of Prosper Marimee’s famous novella. December 19. Pattihio Theatre, Limassol and December 21. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm.€40-€15. Tel: 25-377277 / 99-987217

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