(author’s version of Yuri Bashmet)
“The world of music would be incomplete without Carmen and it would be enough for Bizet to write only this opera to become Bizet”, – states well-known Italian musicologist G. Marchesi. It is now 130 years Carmen leads in world “opera distribution market” in the number of productions, records and concert performances, and the Bizet music is so strongly rooted in cultural code that it seems like had always existed.
It can be told about a new version of Carmen that the main idea of production is a synthesis of drama, opera and ballet. A unique idea of Yuri Bashmet and director Pavel Safonov was firstly shown to spectators on Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi in 2015.