Thank you to Milena Janda for summarizing these Czech reviews.
Sensual Francesca Corrado and captivating Weilong Tao
It would be difficult to compete with the recent performances of Carmen in Teplice. The velvety mezzo-soprano of Francesca Corrado representing the fiery and untamable heroine and Tao’s love-torn and finally defeated and suffering Don Jose were both supreme.
The opera was outstandingly directed by Nancy Hermiston who brought her ensemble from the Canadian University of British Columbia. The Teplice orchestra was conducted by Canadian Leslie Dala. The sets and costumes of Tomas Ruzek complemented the staging and ably evoked the atmosphere of Spain.
The organizer, Norbert Baxa, and Mr. Ruzek are both involved with the European Musical Academy, the sponsor of the performances. Both men praised the achievements of the young Canadian artists who come every year better prepared. For them it is a great experience to perform in traditional European theatres at the same time be able to visit castles and historical buildings offered here. They were particularly happy to see the Estates Theatre in Prague, the theatre where Mozart himself conducted his operas.
Carmen is performed today at the Krusnohorske Theatre in Teplice.
The current production of the opera is performed by a Canadian team from British Columbia. The role of Carmen is alternated by Francesca Corrado and Emma Parkinson. That of Don Jose by the recipient of the Thalia prize, Weilong Tao, alternating with Brian Lee. The conductor is Leslie Dala and the opera is directed by Nancy Hermiston. The majority of performers are from the Opera Division of the University of British Columbia.