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opera Dec. 23: Bizet's Carmen Emma Dante (stage director), Daniel Barenboim (conductor) — With Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Erwin Schrott (Escamillo), Adriana Damato (Micaëla) …

Emma Dante (stage director), Daniel Barenboim (conductor) — With Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Erwin Schrott (Escamillo), Adriana Damato (Micaëla) …

Dec. 23: Bizet's Carmen Emma Dante (stage director), Daniel Barenboim (conductor) — With Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Erwin Schrott (Escamillo), Adriana Damato (Micaëla) …


Bizet's Carmen may contain more universally known melodies than any other 19th-century opera, from the raucous Overture to the fiery Habanera, the beguiling Seguidilla to the tantalizing "Gypsy Song." If the incomparable score, so unusual for its time, continues to thrill audiences a century and a half later, it is thanks to the music itself—but also to the ensembles and singers who continue to find the electricity within and transmit its spark to us, which is exactly what happens in this impeccable 2009 production from Milan's La Scala!

This season opener features the earth-shaking debut of Anita Rachvelishvili, at 25 the youngest performer to open a season at the world's most storied opera venue—a gamble by Music Director Daniel Barenboim that pays off richly, thanks to the Georgian mezzo-soprano's "velvety and agile" voice and "natural, easy lyricism" (The New York Times). Her smitten and spurned Don José is played by a "superb, heartbreaking" Jonas Kaufmann, a singer of "exquisite taste and complete control," with excellent turns by the rest of the cast including Erwin Schrott as Escamillo and Adriana Damato as Micaëla. Under Maestro Barenboim, La Scala's esteemed orchestra delivers an unimpeachable, irresistible rendition of the timeless classic.

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  • Emma Dante | Stage director, Costumes
  • Richard Peduzzi | Set designer
  • Dominique Bruguière | Lighting designer
  • Jonas Kaufmann | Don José
  • Anita Rachvelishvili | Carmen
  • Erwin Schrott | Escamillo
  • Francis Dudziak | Le Dancaïre
  • Rodolphe Briand | Le Remendado
  • Mathias Hausmann | Moralès
  • Gábor Bretz | Zuniga
  • Adriana Damato | Micaëla
  • Michèle Losier | Frasquita
  • Adriana Kucerová | Mercédès
  • Perla Viviana Cigolini | Orange seller
  • Lorenzo B. Tedone | A Bohemian
  • Gabriel Da Costa | Lillas Pastia
  • Carmine Maringola | Prete (Guide)


  • Georges Bizet, Carmen
    • Overture
    • I: Introduction: "Sur la place chacun passe"
    • I: "Avec la garde montante"
    • I: "La cloche a sonné (Soldiers, Young men, Cigarette factory Girls)
    • I: "Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita" (Soldiers, Young men)
    • "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
    • I: "Carmen, sur tes pas, nous nous pressons tous (Young Men, Cigarette factory Girls, Don José)
    • I: "Monsieur le brigadier? - Parle-moi de ma mère!" (Micaëla, Don José / Don José, Micaëla)
    • I: "Votre mère avec moi sortait de la chapelle" (Micaëla, Don José)
    • I: "Ma mère, je la vois.." (Don José, Micaëla)
    • I: "Au secours!" (Cigarette factory Girls, Zuniga, Soldiers)
    • I: "Voyons, brigadier..." - "Tra la la la..." (Zuniga, Don José, Carmen, Cigarette factory Girls, Soldier, Don José)
    • I: "Près des remparts de Séville" (Carmen, Don José)
    • I: "Le lieutenant!... Prenez garde." (Don José, Zuniga, Carmen)
    • Entr'acte
    • II: "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" (Carmen, Mercédès, Frasquita)
    • II: "Tout est bien alors" - "Vivat! vivat le toréro!" (Chorus, Zuniga, Mercédès, Frasquita, Escamillo, Carmen, Andrès, Lilas Pastia)
    • II: "Votre toast... je peux..." - "Toréador, en garde" (Escamillo, Pastia, Zuniga, Carmen, Chorus, Frasquita, Lilas Pastia, Dancaïre)
    • II: "Nous avons en tête une affaire!" (Dancaïre, Frasquita, Mercédès, Remendado, Carmen)
    • II: "Je vais danser en votre honneur" (Carmen, Don José)
    • II: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" (Don José)
    • II: "Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!" (Carmen, Don José)
    • II: "Holà! Carmen! Holà!" (Zuniga, Don José, Carmen, Dancaïre, Remendado, Gypsies)
    • II: "Suis-nous à travers la campagne" (Frasquita, Mercédès, Dancaïre, Remendado, Gypsies)
    • Entr'acte
    • III: "Écoute, compagnon, écoute!" (Smugglers, Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen, Don José, Dancaïre, Remendado)
    • III: "Halte! nous allons nous arrêter ici!» (Dancaïre, Remendado, Don José, Carmen)
    • III: "Mêlons!"/"Mêlons!"/"Coupons!" (Frasquita, Mercédès)
    • III: "Carreau! Pique!... La mort!" (Carmen)
    • III: "Eh! bien, j'avais raison" (Dancaïre, Carmen, Remendado, Frasquita, Mercédès, Don José)
    • III: "Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire! (Carmen, Mercédès, Frasquita, Gypsies, Dancaïre, Remendado)
    • III: "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" (Micaëla)
    • III: "Je suis Escamillo, toréro de Grenade" (Micaëla, Escamillo, Don José)
    • III: "Halte! quelqu'un est là qui cherche à se cacher" (Remendado, Carmen, Dancaïre, Don José, Micaëla, Chorus)
    • Entr'acte
    • IV: "A dos cuartos!" (Chorus)
    • IV: "Les voici! voici la quadrille!" (Chorus)
    • IV: "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen" (Escamillo, Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès)
    • IV: "C'est toi! - C'est-moi!" (Carmen, Don José)


  • Directed by:
    • Lorena Sardi
  • Venue: Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
  • Production date: 2009
  • Production: © Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana - Raitrade - La Scala
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR
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