Carmen, Opera by G. Bizet
Pushing boundaries is one of the things the creative minds of Italian inventor Leonardo Da Vinci and French composer Georges Bizet definitely had in common. Fuelled by immense talent and vision, they both left a mark on collective human history. This season, their undoubted gifts meet for a unique performance of the classic opera Carmen at the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum in Rome. In an abridged version and with an intimate arrangement for voices and an instrumental trio, the French composer’s magnum opus is as impressive as ever.
The Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum, favourably located just a few minutes away from St Peter’s Basilica, is a great venue for this musical event. Before the opera commences, you are welcome to immerse yourself into the Da Vinci genius. The ticket price includes one hour’s audio-guided tour through the unique museum, starting at 7:00 pm and featuring many of Leonardo’s outstanding inventions built to his exact specifications. At the end of the museum round, you are entitled to a 10 per cent discount in the souvenir shop, so make sure you bring a memory from your encounter with Da Vinci!
Bizet’s crowning work, the opera Carmen, commences at 8:00 pm. In this production’s 90 piping-hot minutes, the story of the Gypsy temptress unfolds with the same dramatic pace and impact that made the original work a lasting favourite. Carmen’s habanera and seguidilla are mesmerising, and the stripped-down arrangement punctuates Bizet’s remarkable score. The carefully crafted Spanish and Gypsy motifs shine brighter. The dramatic tension of the love triangles and violent confrontations does not let up as the talented cast blazes through the beloved tunes, all the way to the tragic and bloody ending. An evening with Da Vinci and Bizet in Rome is a fantastic double feature!