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Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after a novella by Prosper Mérimée
First Performance: "Opera Comique", Paris, March 3, 1875
First Peformance at the Israeli Opera: October 5, 1995
First Performance of this production in the current season: June 7, 2012  

Role in Production



Daniel  Oren


Giancarlo del Monaco

Set  Designer

William Orlandi

Costume Designer

Jesus Ruiz

Lighting Designer

Avi Uona Buena (Bambi)


Carlos Vilan


Israel Ouval





Anita Rachvelishvili 
Anna Malavasi

Don Jose

Marco Berti
Jose Francisco Balestrini


dario Solar
Marcin Bronikowski


Maria Agresta
Brigitta Kele
Lana Kos


Carlo Striuli

Morales (br)  

Noah Briger

Remendado (t) 

Yosef Aridan

Dancairo (br)

Guy Mannheim

Mercedes (ms)

Ayala Zimbler

Frasquita (s)

Children chorus  

Hila Baggio 



The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Yishai Steckler

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Sung in French

Surtitles in English and Hebrew
Surtitles: Israel Ouval

Length of performance: approx. three hours and 30 minutes

The free spirited gypsy Carmen sings about freedom as she falls in love with the soldier José and then with the toreador Escamillo. Fiery Spanish dances and seductive arias in a huge celebration performed by
hundreds of participants by the Mt. of Masada. Love, scorching passion and hate that knows no boundries conducted by Daniel Oren.

Dates: Thursday June 7, Saturday June 9, Sunday June 10


Oren Daniel, Conductor
Daniel Oren was born in Israel. He conducts regularly in all leading international opera houses around the world. His opera repertoire includes many Verdi operas including Aida, Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco and many others.
Gian-Carlo del Monaco
Born in Venice, Italy. Gian-Carlo is a stage director primarily known for his opera productions. In 1991, he staged La fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera and went on to direct Stiffelio, Madama Butterfly, Simon Boccanegra and La forza del destino and many other productions.
Idan Raichel
An Israeli singer-songwriter and a musician, known for his Idan Raichel Project, distinctive for its fusion of electronics, traditional Hebrew texts, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian music.
Masada - World Heritage Site
Masada - A Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site - will serve as background to the Masada Opera Weekend.

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