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Picasso inspires new Dublin Carmen

6 November 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Irish soprano Celine Byrne
Irish soprano Celine Byrne

International Leisure and Arts, Ireland's foremost producer of international ballet, have announced their move into opera with a new production of Carmen by the Moscow State Opera – coming to Dublin in March 2013.

Directed by George Isaakian, who recently won Russia’s prestigious ‘Golden Mask’ award for the third time, the production will also be the first opera ever presented in cooperation with the Picasso Foundation. ‘The set designs will incorporate some of Picasso's paintings, dedicated to Spain and the bullfight, and for the first time Carmen will be visualised through Picasso's masterpieces,’ explained Simon Walton of ILA.
A further treat for Dublin audiences will be the opportunity to hear Ireland's leading soprano Celine Byrne in the role of Michaela, alongside star soloists from some of Moscow’s top opera theatres. 

Carmen opens at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on 13 March 2013. Visit for further details and bookings.


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