"Carmen" in Dubai

Armenian National Academic Opera, Orchestra Perform Two Major Productions in September


DUBAI, UAE — Dubai Opera announced recently that the Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra is set to bring two opera favorites, “Carmen” and “The Magic Flute” to the Dubai Opera stage in September.

The first of the productions, “Carmen,” directed by Naire Stepanyan, was performed over three consecutive nights on September 6, 7 and 8.

“Carmen” tells the tragic tale of Don José, who falls hopelessly in love with femme fatale, Carmen. José loses Carmen’s love to the matador, Escamillo, only to end in José killing her in a jealous rage. The Opening night Star studded cast included Karine Babadjanian as Carmen and Hovanes Ayvazyan as Don Jose, Meri Movsessyan as Michaela and Gevork Hagopyan as the strapping Toreodor, Escamillio, along with other great soloists and the renowned chorus of the Armenian National Opera House.

Written by French composer Georges Bizet, “Carmen” premiered in Paris in 1875 after suffering negative reviews. Disconsolately, Bizet died during the preliminary performances, never to know that “Carmen” would rightly become one of the most loved and popular operas of all time.

Audiences at Dubai Opera can expect spectacular costumes designed by Cristine Avetisian and awe-inspiring set designs by Avetis Barseghian to augment the truly brilliant performance of “Carmen,” which will be performed in French with English surtitles. “Carmen” will be conducted by American conductor Christopher Ocasek.

The second production, “The Magic Flute,” by one of the most celebrated composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will debut the following week, also for three consecutive nights on September 13, 14 and 15.

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“The Magic Flute” is a tale which illustrates the resplendent power of love, art and music, transporting audiences into a wonderful fantastical realm. The opera tells the story of Tamino, a young hero, sent on a quest by the Queen of Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the wicked wizard, Sarastro. Full of beautiful melodies and enchanting characters, Mozart’s beloved and final opera will be performed in German with English surtitles.

“Words are not enough to describe the enthusiasm we all feel as we prepare for our performances of ‘Carmen’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ on the prestigious stage of the Dubai Opera,” said Constantine Orbelian, artistic and general director of the Yerevan Opera House. “Together with our renowned soloists, and our wonderful musicians, chorus, and designers, I am absolutely delighted to be representing my eternal homeland, Armenia, in Dubai, through the universal language of opera. And I am all the more gratified as our performances at the Dubai Opera will be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Armenia.”

“Today, I am as ever proud of the marvelous talents and professionalism of each and every member of the Yerevan Opera House, and I feel so very honored for the privilege of leading such an iconic institution,” Orbelian continued. “Finally, I would like to convey my very special thanks and gratitude to Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development of the UAE, for his invaluable support in helping organize and facilitate our concerts in Dubai. It will be our distinct joy to present the artistry of Armenian opera to the appreciative audiences of this great city.”

Audiences will be thrilled by the beautiful, intricately detailed costumes designed by world famous designer Alberto Spazzi, and magnificent set design by internationally renowned Italian opera Director Paolo Miccichè, who also serves as the director of The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra’s rendition of “The Magic Flute”. The superb cast will include award winning tenor Liparit Avetisyan, International prize winner Julietta Aleksanyan, soprano Alina Pekhlivanian along with soloists of the Armenian opera company.

Jasper Hope, Chief Executive at Dubai Opera, commented: “In Bizet’s “Carmen” and Mozart’s Magic Flute, Dubai audiences can enjoy two of the greatest operas ever written this September. “Carmen” is synonymous with passion and fiery tempers whilst “The Magic Flute” offers audiences utterly beautiful music set around a comic fairy tale – two wonderful autumn treats for everyone to enjoy”.

For more information and ticket purchase, visit www.dubaiopera.com.


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