17 March 2024/19h00/ Germany / Cologne
René Jacobs and B’Rock Orchestra set out to rediscover Bizet’s Carmen in a version as the composer intended – before the manager of the Opéra Comique de Paris demanded major changes. Changes that Bizet, as a service provider, had to deliver, although he heartily disagreed. With the help of Bizet expert Paul Prevost, publisher Bärenreiter went back to the manuscripts and reconstructed an ‘original’ Carmen as it had never been heard before. The star-studded cast surrounding Gaëlle Arquez as Carmen certainly includes some of the most exciting debuts of the opera season: Sabine Devieilhe as Micaëla and Julien Behr as Don José both make their role debuts.