19th century Opera comes alive in Delft

The ring is full, they’re celebrating! 

The ring is full from top

 to ground;

                                                                     (Toreador Song, Act 2, Carmen)

These lines from French composer George Bizet’s 1875 masterpiece ‘Carmen’ exemplify the mood for November, when Bizet’s saga of love and passion unfolds once again, this time in the Technical University Delft.
The production, which premiers on 12 November (and is on till the 20th), celebrates the 170th anniversary of TU Delft. It promises to showcase the best the university has to offer – in terms of talent, technology and infrastructure.
Director Floris Visser has adapted the opera to best suit the cross-cultural spirit of the university. The performance brings together Dutch and international artists, professional and amateur performers, and, scientific talent and creative vision. “There is one common goal,” say the organisers, “to perform the world’s most famous opera in Delft.”
Based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée, this is the tragic tale of a young man named Don Jose and his doomed love for the free spirited Spanish gypsy named Carmen.
One of the world’s most acclaimed operas today, when it was first performed Bizet didn’t receive much praise at all. In fact, his choice of subject was severely criticised. Not only was Don Jose a common man, the heroine was a seductress and a gypsy!
A re-production in 1875 (after Bizet’s death) marked the revival of the opera. After which it was hailed a masterpiece artistically and as a social documentary.
The adaptation for TU Delft promises to be just as enthralling. The music, conducted by Daan Admiraal, will feature professional soloists, accompanied by the choir and orchestra of the Delft Student Music Association, Krashna Musika, and singers of the Academy of Vocal Arts.
To read the complete article on The Hague Online, click here

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