By Francisco Salazar
Kristine Opolais is set to perform the title role of “Carmen” in Vienna’s Oper im Steinbruch.
The festival announced in a press conference that it will present Bizet’s opera in a production by Arnaud Bernard and will be conducted by Valerio Galli.
The cast will be headlined by Opolais who will share the role with Lily Jorstad as well as Matthew White, Migran Agadzhanyan, and Brian Michael Moore as Don José. The cast will be rounded out by Carolina López Moreno, Yulia Suleimanova, and Ana Garotic as Micaëla.
Regarding taking on the title role Opolais said, “I am very happy to share that I will debut the role of #Carmen next summer @oper_im_steinbruch, in a new production with such a wonderful creative team. I look forward to this new artistic adventure with stage director @arnaudbernatd, set designer Alessandro Camera, costume designer Carla Ricotti, and Maestro Valerio Galli. ‘Carmen’ opens at Steinbruch St. Margarethen on July 12, 2023. So many sopranos have performed this role throughout the decades, and for me this is a way to think outside of the box, without limits. Carmen’s passion and strength inspire me, and I cannot wait to take this artistic journey under the stars, surrounded by incredible Roman ruins.”
“Carmen” is set to open on July 12, 2023 and runs through August 20, 2023.