Aigul Akhmetshina & Vasilisa Berzhanskaya Lead Royal Opera House’s New ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Opera House is set to perform a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” directed by Damiano Michieletto.

The opera will be performed between April 5 and May 31, 2024 and will be broadcast on May 1, 2024 in the cinema theatres of over 50 countries.

Micheieletto has directed three other productions at the Royal Opera House including “Guillaume Tell (2015),” “Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci (2015),” and “Don Pasquale (2019).”

Antonello Manacorda and Emmanuel Villaume conduct the production, which will star Aigul Akhmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya sharing the title role, Piotr Beczala and Brandon Jovanovich interpreting Don José, Kostas Smoriginas and Andrii Kymach as Escamillo, and Olga Kulchynska, Liana Aleksanyan and Gemma Summerfield as Micaëla. The other cast members are Blaise Malaba and Jamie Woollard (Zuniga), Sarah Dufresne and Isabela Díaz (Frasquita), Gabrielė Kupšytė (Mercédès), Pierre Doyen and Josef Jeongmeen Ahn (Dancaïro), Grisha Martirosyan (Moralès), Vincent Ordonneau and Ryan Vaughan Davies (Remendado).