an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet
Libretto -Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper 
Performed in French with the text in Bulgarian and English
For the great French composer Georges Bizet the opera Carmen was simultaneously a flight of his genius and a life fiasco. The characters are bandits, smugglers, soldiers. The indignant members of the audience at the premiere outdid one another in showing their repulsion at the main heroine calling her “a depraved Gypsy”, “a shameless seductress”, “an adventuress without moral principles”, etc.  Bizet could not bear the failure of the premiere at the Paris Opera-Comique in 1875 and died three months later. After seven years the opera returned to Paris with tremendous success and since then it has been triumphant all over the world. For the soloist of the Varna State Opera,Dimitrinka Raycheva, the part of Carmen is one of her latest achievements in her rich repertoire. Turkish tenor,Murat Karahan, has a doctoral degree from the Bilkent University of Music and Performing Arts, Ankara; a specialization at the Santa Cecilia Academy – Rome with Prof. Bruno Cagli and participation in a master class of legendary Renata Scotto.  In 2015 he successfully played Don Jose on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater. 
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