-The Italian mezzo returns to the Bizet role in a Calixto Bieito production

February 2020

Few characters have as much affinity with the Italian mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa’s voice as the title role of Bizet’s Carmen. She has sung the role at various venues since she made her debut as Carmen in 2011 at the Teatro Sociale di Trento (Italy), taking the part again at the Limoges Opéra-Théâtre (France), the Bregenz Festival  (Austria) and the Alfredo Kraus season in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, always to great public and critical acclaim. As she explains, she is delighted to return to Spain, “even more so with a character as fascinating as Bizet´s gypsy, and in a production by Calixto Bieito, full of challenges for the singers.”

The singer, who hails from Brescia, underlights that, for her, this Andalusian myth represents “a woman of exceptional modernity; her ideas make sense, she is a free spirit who believes strongly in everything she does and follows her own rules until the end, even if it means sacrificing her life. She has many facets, all complex and at the same time fascinating.  We should not only focus on the stereotype of the femme fatale, as Carmen is so much more than that; she is a strong person and yet vulnerable at the same time, and, most certainly, a real treat for any artist who enjoys experiencing the emotions of the characters we portray.

The vocal style and range of the role fits Stroppa like a glove, she considers that her affinity with the character deeply affects her, as a woman and as a singer.

The opera will be performed at the Teatre Principal in Palma, Majorca, on 1st, 4th, 6th and 8th March, with the Spanish Manuel Coves conducting the Simfònica de les Illes Balears orchestra.

After her debut in Majorca, Annalisa Stroppa will perform in Verona, Munich, Wiesbaden, Bregenz and Budapest, as well as making her debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.