Breaking News: Three Conductors Replace Lionel Bringuier At Opera National De Paris’ ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

Lionel Bringuier has pulled out of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Opera National de Paris.

According to Forum Opera, the conductor pulled out for personal reasons leaving the Opera National de Paris in a mad scramble to find a replacement. As it turns out, audiences will now get three different musical interpretations to look forward to.

Bertrand de Billy will conduct on March 10, 19, 22 and 25 and  April 11 and 14. Meanwhile Giacomo Sagripanti will take over on March 13, 16, 28, 31 and April 2, 5 and 8. Mark Elder takes over the run in June and July.

The cast of next month’s “Carmen” includes Roberto Alagna, Marina Costa-Jackson, Roberto Tagliavini, and Clémentine Margaine, who recently had a breakout at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role. The April run will star Varduhi Abrahamyan as Carmen.

Meanwhile the July run will star superstars Anita Rachvelshvili and Elina Garanca in the title role. The two divas will be joined by Byran Hymel, Aleksandra Kurzak and Ildar Abdrazakov.

Lionel Bringer next conducts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich where he is Music Director. In July he is scheduled to perform at the Ravinia Festival and in June he will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.