‘Carmen’ set to close Israel Opera 2017-18 season

Na’ama Goldman will sing the title role of the tempestuous and seductive gypsy who seduces handsome Don Jose

By HELEN KAYE
June 12, 2018 21:45
NA’AMA GOLDMAN sings the title role of the tempestuous and seductive Carmen.

NA’AMA GOLDMAN sings the title role of the tempestuous and seductive Carmen.. (photo credit: YOSSY ZWECKER)

‘The music is wicked, refined and fantastic, and popular at the same time,” said an unusual critic – German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

He was speaking of Georges Bizet’s immortal Carmen. The show will run from July 13–28 as the season-ender of the Israel Opera, in a spectacular production based on “the legendary production that Franco Zeffirelli designed and directed for the Metropolitan Opera of New York.” The revival director is Gadi Schechter.

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Na’ama Goldman will sing the title role of the tempestuous and seductive gypsy who seduces handsome Don Jose (Gustavo Porta) from his duty and into a turbulent passion that ends in tragedy. The two singers will again be backed by an almost all-Israeli cast.

When Carmen premiered in Paris in March 1875, it was a major flop. Its failure broke Bizet’s heart and he died not three months later.


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