-The Italian singer will take the title role in Bizet´s opera in Grand Canary

April 2018
In July, the Italian mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa will return to the Bregenz Festival in the title role of Carmen, by Bizet, in a production that premiered last summer. Before this, however, she will take the role in the Alfredo Kraus season in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria which is run by the Canary Island Friends of the Opera. There will be three performances which will take place on the 22nd, 24th and 26th May. For Stroppa, who made her debut in the role in 2011 at the Teatro Sociale di Trento (Italy) and performed it again in 2014 in the Limoges Opéra-Théâtre (France), this is a role “which every mezzo-soprano dreams of. Carmen is very complex, changeable and profound, very sensual, with at least ten personalities contained in one, from the friendliest and almost funny to the wildest. Vocally she is full of diverse, incisive and strident colours. I love her strength, her untapped mystery; at the same time I am fascinated by her fragility and her temperament, her fearlessness before the unknown, her thirst for liberty.  Don José tells her “You are a devil!” and her reply is a “yes” that sends shivers down my spine”. The Italian mezzo, who will be making her debut in Las Palmas with the role, will be the leading lady in a very Spanish Carmen, directed by Paco López. “From an emotional point of view, the character has multiple facets, as this is a very demanding role which completely absorbs you: singing, dancing, acting… It is a role of looks and gestures.”

After her debut in Grand Canary, Stroppa will take the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Mozart) at the Teatro Regio in Turin, will perform her acclaimed Carmen in the Bregenz Festival, will be Adalgisa in Norma (Bellini) at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) at the Staatsoper Unter del Linden in Berlin and will be Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) at the Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich.