Opera Boutique brings Carmen to the Costa del Sol

Carmen by Bizet

Carmen by Bizet Photo: Flickr CC

The magic of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ is heading to the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Benahavis this summer. As part of the ‘Opera Boutique’ programme, this original version of Bizet’s iconic work is coming to the Costa del Sol.

It is a project that presents a new way of enjoying opera, a fusion between entertainment and the environment where it takes place. For this event, the opera ‘Carmen’ by Bizet is performed in a reduced and staged version keeping the best known arias and duets and accompanied by a piano.

With a production lasting one hour and fifteen minutes, the main parts of Bizet’s score are extracted to bring to life the story of Carmen, an opera that is one of the most performed works in the world since its premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1875.

Bizet’s “Carmen” tells us a story of, passion, love and death against the backdrop of 19th century southern Spain. Carmen is a masterpiece, both musically and lyrically, and is one of the world’s best known operas.

The amphitheatre at Villa Padierna

In the adaptation performed at Anantara Villa Padierna, its amphitheatre, located in a unique setting and surrounded by beautiful gardens, is also part of the performance. The dates to enjoy this musical experience are Thursday June 20 and Thursday July 11 at 9pm. Contact Villa Padierna for more information.

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Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.