Carmen in Seville is Cancelled in Seville

Read below for what might have been. Sadly the event has been cancelled due to some problems with production, money or a combination of both. Seville's First International Music Festival will begin with an historical performance. For the first time in history, Seville itself will be the stage for Bizet's CARMEN, the most popular opera ever written. In September 2004, the first Seville International Music Festival will present nine unique, all-star performances of Carmen in Seville, live, open-air, conducted by Lorin Maazel, directed by Carlos Saura, and using different historic locations in Seville.
Tickets will be expensive and are likely to sell out well before the performance. Below is a quick guide as well as links to sites about the production and more information.

More information

The first Seville International Music Festival will include, in addition to the featured performance of Carmen, orchestral concerts, recitals and flamenco shows with star performers. Executive Producers of Carmen will be OOS-Opera on Original Site, Inc., and Michael Ecker, the same executive producer who presented Puccini's Turandot in the Forbidden City in Beijing, in September 1998, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Zhang Yimou. Turandot in the Forbidden City was acclaimed internationally as the biggest and most successful production ever of an opera in its original setting.

1st & 2nd Act: Plaza de España

3rd Act: Parque de Maria Luisa

4th Act: Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza (Bullring)



Sevilla’s First International Music Festival announced for September 2004

The opera Carmen by Georges Bizet will be produced in its original settings
Lorin Maazel joins forces with Carlos Saura

The Mayor of the City of Seville, Spain, Mr. Alfredo Sánchez Monteseirín, and Michael Ecker, President of OOS - Opera on Original Site, Inc. have announced today that the first Sevilla International Music Festival will take place from September 2 to 12, 2004. The highlight of the festival will be the production of Bizet’s opera Carmen in its originally conceived setting.

The internationally acclaimed American conductor Lorin Maazel and the Oscar-winning Spanish movie director Carlos Saura will join forces to present this unique production of the most popular opera in the world. The cast will include a never before seen selection of some of the world’s currently most popular opera singers, such as (in alphabetical order) Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Denyce Graves, Montserrat Martí, Nicola Rossi-Giordano, Neil Shicoff, and others, and the Philharmonia Orchestra London.

Additional highlights of the first Sevilla International Music Festival will include performances by prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic with Sir Colin Davis, the Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev and soloist recitals by interpreters such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, and Maxim Vengerov. Top flamenco groups will also appear within the framework of the Festival.

Carlos Saura will be joined by the Oscar-winning lighting designer Vittorio Storaro, Gerardo Vera will design the costumes and Rafael Palmeros will sign for the sets.

The Japanese international award-winning lighting designer Motoko Ishii will be responsible for the lighting of the public festival spaces and the sound designer of the Vienna State Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele, Prof. Wolfgang Fritz will be a guarantor of highest acoustical standards.

The Mayor of the City of Seville, Mr. Monteseirín, welcomes the international opera, flamenco and music lovers to Sevilla – a city, which, like no other, has been the inspiration for the setting of over 100 operas over the centuries (Carmen, Fidelio, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro, Forza del Destino, etc.)

OOS – Opera on Original Site, Inc. produced Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China in September 1998 with Zubin Mehta and the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. That production was deemed as the biggest and most successful production of an opera in its original setting ever.



The following sites have plenty of information, including tickets, package deals and all the stuff behind the production.

Carmen in Sevilla Festival Internacional de Musica de Sevilla Opera On Site


Thanks to Antonio Doblas for contributing to the above information. He's an official tour guide here in Sevilla and an expert on all the sites and culture. Check out his two Carmen tours below or visit his website for more information:

Tour 1: Maestranza Bullring - Santa Cruz Quarter - Royal Alcazar
The first tour will visit the Maestranza Arena, where Carmen was killed by the soldier Don José. Next is a walk to the Santa Cruz Quarter, former jewish section of Seville with narrow streets and wonderful patios. Finally a visit to the Royal Alcazar, the moorish palace and royal residence from the XIV century. (more information)

Tour 2: Spanish Square - Tobacco Factory - Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Second option, including the famous Spanish Square (Plaza de España ) where the first and second acts for Carmen in Seville will take place. The tour continues with a visit to the former Tobacco Factory, where Carmen worked. It is now the main building of the University of Sevilla (closed on Sundays). Finally a there's a guided tour inside the Cathedral and Giralda Tower, third largest church in the christian world and final resting place of Christopher Columbus. (more information)

Site Guide
Photos of Spain
Events & Exhibits
Semana Santa
Feria de Abril
Safety & Health
Tapas Bars  
Dining Out
Int'l & Vegetarian
Side Trips
Street Folks
Gyms & Sports
Living in Seville 
Spanish Courses
Move to Seville 
Mobile Content
Join Email List
About this site
Who am I? 

Enter search term(s)   
powered by FreeFind


Enter your email to receive updates:

privacy policy




Editor: Jeff Spielvogel
© 2004 JS