Tenor Luc Robert brings fire to ‘Car­men’

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ROBYN CO­HEN

FANS were dis­ap­pointed when Cape Town Opera’s Magic Flute at the Bax­ter was can­celled due to stu­dent protests.

So there is much ex­cite­ment for Bizet’s Car­men, staged at Artscape from Thurs­day (for five per­for­mances only).

This is a re­vival of Cape Town Opera’s sold- out 2011 pro­duc­tion, di­rected by Michael Wil­liams. Most of the mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous cast are repris­ing their roles. Bul­gar­ian mezzo-so­prano Vi­olina Anguelov is again play­ing Car­men – the sexy fac­tory worker who se­duces and chucks aside men at whim.

A key dif­fer­ence to this stag­ing is the in­tro­duc­tion of two ex­cit­ing new male voices: tenor Luc Robert (Don José) and bari­tone Wil­liam Berger (Es­camillo the bull­fighter – Car­men’s lover). This is the Cape Town Opera de­but for Robert, a Cana­dian.

Don José is his sig­na­ture role. For the 2016/17 sea­son, he is play­ing Don José at Frank­furt Opera, Es­to­nian Na­tional Opera and the Opéra de Nice in France.

His life sounds like an opera. He was a fire­fighter for 10 years, be­fore study­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in Mon­tréal from the age of 30.

South African-born Berger has made two solo al­bums and has re­ceived rave no­tices for his work .

Car­men is on Thurs­day, next Satur­day, and Oc­to­ber 25, 27 and 29. Tick­ets are R100-R400 at Com­puticket.

Car­men.

Bul­gar­ian mezzo-so­prano Vi­olina Anguelov per­forms the ti­tle role in

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