Carmen

Opera by G. Bizet.
PromFest’s opera production in 2007 with two winners of Klaudia Taev Competition (2005) in the title role.

The third opera project of PromFest was Bizet’s immortal masterpiece, “Carmen”. The title role was sung by the winners of the previous competition Anzhelina Shvachka from Ukraine and Huiling Zhu from China. The opera was performed five times in Pärnu – 25th, 26th of May, and 1st, 2nd, 4th of June. The additional guest performance took place in Jõhvi Concert Hall on the 30th of May. “Carmen” was directed by Marko Matvere, scenography and costumes were designed by Madis Nurms, and the choreographer was Marina Kesler. The Musical Director and conductor was the Artistic Director of PromFest Erki Pehk.

25. ja 26. mail ning 1., 2. ja 4. juunil Endla teatris, 30. mail antakse üks etendus Jõhvi kontserdimajas.

There is no doubt that Bizet’s “Carmen,” staged during the Pärnu Opera Music Festival, is a huge event in our small cultural environment. Pehk’s, Matvere’s, and Nurms’ “Carmen” is not an out-of-date or ethnographic spectacle. It is a contemporary, stylized theatre with no fear of mischief.

Andres Laasik, Ruth Alaküla –
Eesti Päevaleht, 30th of May 2007

The strongest scenes of the performance were the ones with two characters that were perfectly put together and worked out – as if a camera had zoomed in on the characters and magnified every change of thoughts and feelings. Matvere achieved vivid communication between people on the stage, and one’s reaction produced the other’s, generating the entire chain of events.
Kristel Pappel – Eesti Ekspress, 28th of May 2007

Premiere on 25th of May 2007 Endla Theatre, Pärnu, Estonia

PromFest’s co-production with Pärnu Theatre Endla

Musical Director and Conductor – Erki Pehk
Stage Director – Marko Matvere
Set and Costume designer – Madis Nurms
Choreographer – Marina Kesler
Lighting designer – Margus Vaigur
Chorus master – Heli Jürgenson
Pianist – Helin Kapten

Carmen – Anzhelina Shvachka (Ukraine) or Huiling Zhu (China)
Don José – Ulric Björklund (Sweden) or Roland Liiv (Estonia)
Escamillo – Laimonas Pautienius (Lithuania)
Micaela – Tatiana Romanova (Estonia)
Frasquita – Angelika Mikk (Estonia)
Mercedes – Airike Kolk (Estonia)
Zuniga – Igor Tsenkman (Estonia)
Moralés/Dancairo – Taavi Tampuu (Estonia)
Remendado – Roland Liiv (Estonia) or Simo Breede (Estonia)
Manuelita – Kadri Karula (Estonia)

The Pärnu City orchestra
Concertmaster of the orchestra: Mati Uffert

Project chorus:
Kristel Jõesaar, Tui Hirv, Kadri Karula, Evelyn Aru, Katrin Targo, Kersti Nahkur, Piret Tatar, Helen Nairismägi, Janne Sirel, Anne Prommik, Evelin Ester, Renate Tivas, Silver Lumi, Rene Keldo, Madis Reinsoo, Andres Alamaa, Geir Luht, Simo Breede, Lennart Mängli, Jaanus Kann, Ain Merila