A barely extra mature Carmen from Juventus Lyrica – Seen and Heard Worldwide

ArgentinaArgentina Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Refrain and Orchestra of Juventus Lyrica / Hernán Sánchez Arteaga (conductor), Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires. 14.10.2022. (JSJ)

Juan Salvador Trupia (Escamillo) in Juventus Lyrica’s Carmen © Liliana Morsia.

Director – Ana D’Anna and María Jaunarena
Units – Gonzalo Córdova
Costumes – María Jaunarena
Refrain grasp – Hernán Sánchez Arteaga

Carmen – Rocío Arbizu
Don José – Marcelo Gómez
Micaëla – Carolina Gómez
Escamillo – Juan Salvador Trupia
Frasquita – Virginia Lucero Guevara
Mercédès – Estefania Cap
Zuniga – Walter Schwarz
Dancairo – Gabriel Vacas
Remendado – Lautaro Chaparro
Moralès – Marcelo Reynes

Juventus Lyrica’s second providing of the yr as the corporate – and Buenos Aires musical exercise normally – returns to some semblance of normality was basically a revival of an earlier manufacturing of the ever-popular Carmen.

Wanting again, I used to be shocked to find that manufacturing was from nearly precisely seven years in the past, way back to 2015 – and the 2 protagonists from its second forged had been now within the first forged, thus making for an fascinating juxtaposition.

I recall Rocío Arbizu as a sensuous and seductive Carmen, the gypsy, however this time whereas equally so but additionally with one thing of a remoteness as if jaded with the passage of time.

Marcelo Gómez, sturdy and spirited then, was no much less so now as her naïve and jealous soldier lover, Don José, effectively conveying the altering feelings of the position, and Juan Salvador Trupia equally gave a refined (repeat) efficiency as Escamillo.

Micaëla is commonly portrayed as a demure nation woman however right here Carolina Gómez gave her some character, singing the position with depth and keenness.

Virginia Lucero Guevara and Estefania Cap, respectively Frasquita and Mercédès, gave vigorous character to their components and with each from the ‘Younger Artists’ programme stood out as voices to look at for sooner or later, whereas Walter Schwarz was a strong Zuniga.

Likewise, Gabriel Vacas, Lautaro Chaparro and Marcelo Reynes performed their respective components Dancairo, Remendado and Morales effectively.

So far as the manufacturing goes it was just like the 2015 model in my recollection, with the identical costume however with completely different surroundings, if something relatively extra ‘interval’ with equally applicable lighting, and an artwork in creating differing atmospheres with the identical fundamental idea all through.

Hernán Sánchez Arteaga as conductor and refrain grasp introduced a vigorous and musical studying to the rating and an enthusiastic efficiency from the refrain and likewise from Rosana Bravo’s kids’s refrain.

With the financial and political state of affairs as it’s, what’s in prospect for the subsequent yr stays to be seen and Juventus Lyrica should be recommended for his or her persevering with efforts not just for us the viewers but additionally the younger up and coming singers with the chance to carry out.

Jonathan Spencer Jones