By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan’s State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Baku will host the "Carmen" opera by George Bizet, Trend Life reports.
One of the most popular and frequently performed operas will be staged on November 12.
Irina Jitinskaya, a soloist of Poland's Wroclaw Opera House was invited to take on the role of Carmen.
She was awarded the prize as the best performer of Carmen. The artist successfully performed at opera houses of Denmark, Holland, Germany, Finland, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
The play will bring together the leading soloist of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Azerbaijan's Honored Artist, Elchin Azizov (Escamillo), the soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine Andrey Romanenko (Don José). as well as the soloists of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Ali Askarov, Inara Babayeva, Gulnaz Ismayilova, Sabina Asadova, Tural Agasiyev and Aliakhmed Ibrahimov.
Elchin Azizov is an Azerbaijani opera baritone, the soloist at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
He is famous for his role Escamillo in Carmen in Galina Vishnevskaya's Opera Centre, the title role in Eugene Onegin, Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Leandro in Love for Three Oranges, and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus
The performance will be conducted by the laureate of the international conductors competitions , Eyyub Guliyev.
"Carmen" is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique. "Carmen"has since become one of the best-loved operas, performed in the classical canon.
Carmen was a fiery gypsy girl who worked in a cigar factory. An army officer, Don José, was called to the factory because a fight broke out. He arrested Carmen because she hit another woman. However, he became enchanted with the exotic Carmen, and let her escape.
Don José deserted the army and followed Carmen into the mountains. But the beautiful gypsy soon tired of the steadfast Don José, and she fell in love with Escamillo, a dashing bullfighter. Devastated, Don José confronted Carmen outside the bullring. As the crowd cheered Escamillo in the background, Don José stabbed Carmen to death.
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