Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Swedish
Country of Origin Sweden
Description The Folkoperan of Stockholm, Sweden, renowned for intimately scaled, convention-busting renderings of great classical works, puts a typically unorthodox spin on Bizet's Carmen, the wonderfully lush and tragic tale of the hot-headed gypsy and her equally obsessive lover, Don José.
Perhaps the most well-known and frequently performed opera of all time, the 1875 masterwork is typically staged in mammoth opera houses. At BAM, the intimate 900-seat Harvey Theater provides an effortlessly evocative setting for Staffan Vlademar Holm's production, a decidedly contemporary interpretation of this classic.
Holm's Carmen takes place in a squalid, morally bankrupt Seville which bears the striking redolence of a down-and-out bar in downtown Riga. It's against this colorless and destitute world, epitomized by a vast concrete wall, that the young cast reveals the essential Carmen, going beyond the well-worn histrionics of betrayal, revenge and remorse to infuse the gypsy and her paramours with recognizable complexities and quirks - dimensions that bring Bizet's final opus to brilliant new life as the Folkoperan's "opera for the people."