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Rodion Shchedrin’s brilliant “Carmen Suite” featuring new choreography by Ivan Alboresi at Theater Nordhausen

The love story and its tragic end (that first appeared in 1847 as a French novella by Prosper Mérimée) between Carmen a Spanish gypsy and the sergeant Don José inspired the composer Georges Bizet to write his famous opera “Carmen” in the early 1870s. Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin has transferred large parts of Bizet’s score - including highlights such as Carmen’s Habanera or the torrero song of the bullfighter Escamillo - into an impressive version for string orchestra and percussion. Shchedrin wrote this and many other ballets for the Moscow prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, to whom he was married for 57 years. In a recent interview, he called their creative relationship “trusting and enriching”.

Maya Plisetskaya first met Shchedrin, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2022, during rehearsals for a production of his early ballet “The Little Humpbacked Horse”.

The ballet director of the Theater Nordhausen, Ivan Alboresi, uses Shchedrin’s inspired adaptation of Bizet’s opera as the inspiration for his new story ballet, in which he opens up the Spanish love story, enriched with further music, for his audience in dance together with his ballet TN LOS!

World Premiere
Rodion Shchedrin
Ballet “Carmen Suite”
Choreographer: Ivan Alboresi
Theater Nordhausen

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