Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan makes her Royal Opera House debut on 6 February singing the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. Kristina has already had a successful start to the season with a debut at Dutch National Opera and performances of La traviata with Basel Opera, as well as recently winning second prize at the 2017 Operalia Competition.
Other engagements for Kristina this season and beyond include her debut at Bayerische Staatsoper in La traviata, Il Corsaro at the Palau de les Arts Valencia conducted by Fabio Biondi, Rigoletto at Opera Australia, a return to the Glyndebourne Festival and her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The production of Carmen features a number of Askonas Holt artists. Andrea Carè returns to the Royal Opera’s stage to reprise the role of Don José, after previously singing Ismaele Nabucco in 2013 and Don José in 2015. Jean-Paul Fouchécourt returns as Le Remendado, a role he has made his own in countless productions, and David Soar sings Zuniga. Jette Parker Young Artist and Askonas Holt Rising Star Dominic Sedgwick sings the role of Moralès, and Barrie Kosky directs.
Carmen runs from 6 February to 16 March. Kristina, David, and Jean-Paul perform from 6 to 14 February. Andrea and Dominic join the second cast along with Jean-Paul from 16 February to 16 March. For tickets and more information, visit the Royal Opera House website.