#mediciverbier10 – Former music director Charles Dutoit likes to set wild musical challenges at the Verbier Festival, often involving presenting French opera high in the Swiss Alps. After Pelléas and Mélisande and The Damnation of Faust, the conductor presents Bizet's Carmen.
American mezzo Kate Aldrich has triumphed in the lead role around the world and is accompanied here by an exceptional cast including Dmytro Popov, Laurent Naouri and Sylvia Schwartz.
The plot, based on a short story by Prosper Mérimée, takes place in Seville, Spain. Carmen is beautiful and free-spirited, breaking numerous mens’ hearts but her Bohemian choices also condemn her. The figure of Carmen shocked audiences when the opera was premiered, but today she is more likely to fascinate. After being sent to jail following a fight with another cigar seller, Carmen seduces a young brigadier Don José, Micaëla's fiancé and promises him love if he gives her back her freedom...
Picture: Kate Aldrich © Fadil Barisha