Musical direction Omer Meir Wellber
Production Calixto Bieito
After Calixto Bieito had become famous as a theatre director, »Carmen« was his first major opera production in 1999 as part of the music festival Castell de Peralada. Since then, the production has travelled the world. With Bieito having revised and refined this legendary staging several times, he is now set to stage it in Vienna himself. For him, Carmen is neither the male fantasy of a femme fatale nor an emancipation symbol, but a character with individuality. Bieito shows the world of soldiers, workers and crooks in a Spanish border area free of »gypsy« kitsch, clichéd images and social romanticism; even flamenco is only quoted ironically among Carmen’s friends. Incidentally, this production is also the director’s declaration of love to the people of his home country. Anita Rachvelishvili, worldwide celebrated for her performances as Carmen will embody the protagonist for the first time at the Vienna State Opera. Other important role debuts include Olga Kulchynska and ensemble member Vera-Lotte Boecker in the second series as Micaëla. At home in Vienna, but at the Vienna State Opera for the first time, is conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.