Carmen on stage 2016

Following the successful productions of Das Rheingold in 2013 and Turandot in 2015, it is with great pleasure we announce the opera production for 2016: Bizet's CARMEN!

Dalhalla was created as an arena for opera, and what opera could be more fitting for the dramatic scenery of Dalhalla than George Bizet´s CARMEN? We are filling the stage with hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians. With the soloists and a sea of extras they create a unique opera production, adapted for Dalhalla’s stage, its watercourses and rock faces.

The old limestone quarry offer unique possibilities for a truly spectacular set. We give you a Carmen who lives, loves, hates and dies in the twilight of the late summer’s night. The well-known drama of love, poverty, jealousy and violence will take place at the temporary camp by the lake where we find Carmen and her companions. This is a performance with world-class soloists, the Dalecarlia orchestra Dalasinfoniettan with its new chief conductor Daniel Blendulf, 75 choristers, 20 professional dancers plus children and extras.

Carmen is directed by opera singer and director Ulrik Qvale. Costume and set are designed by Karin Sundvall. Star choreographer Ambra Succi, known from Bounce, is leading a company of 20 dancers. This is a great venture, and the mere number of people on stage will create a massive impression.

World famous mezzosoprano Pers Anna Larsson, herself of Dalecarlian descent, is finally making her role debut as Carmen. British star tenor John Daszak, a Stockholm resident performing at all the major opera houses of today, is doing Don José. The rest of the cast is just as marvellous. Krister St. Hill is toreador Escamillo, a favourite role he does so well, and Norwegian soprano Anne Wik Larssen is a convincing Micaela. Sanna Gibbs, Carolina Bengtsdotter Ljung, Niklas Björling Rygert and Göran Eliasson forms the gang of robbers surrounding Carmen; Frasquita, Mercedes, Remendado and Dancairo. As Morales and Zuniga we find two of Sweden's most acknowledged bass-baritones, Lars Arvidson and Johan Schinkler.

Our Carmen is a story about the conditions of life at the fringes of society. We can still find Carmen, José, Frasquita and Mercedes in Europe today, among ourselves, in our midst. Their hearts yearning for true freedom. Now is the time for a multifaceted, complex and compassionate presentation of Carmen and her friends in a production that raises questions about freedom, alienation and democracy.

Performed August 13th, 19th and 20th, starting at 20.00. The arena opens at 17.00. Free parking.
Duration: 3 hours (including intermission), ending around 23.15.
Language: French with Swedish subtitles.

For inquiries, please contact
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About Dalhalla

In 1991, the limestone quarry Dalhalla - then called Draggängarna - was found and brought out of its anonymity. Margaret Dellefors (former Opera Singer and Radio Producer), who had long been looking for a festival venue for summer use, and Åsa Nyman (former cultural editor in the village of Rättvik), "found" it, and the vision was born.

After a series of meetings, the municipality and the County of Dalarna/Dalecarlia assigned money to the development of the arena snd a project team was formed with Margaret Dellefors as Project Manager. A new internationally viable name had to be found: A scene taken from Wagner's world (Valhall) but located in Dalarna/Dalecarlia - the name became Dalhalla. The place itself is an experience for the eye and ear. The location is ideal, far away from buildings and well shielded against noise pollution from traffic and industry.

Acoustic measurements have confirmed an exceptionally low noise level down in the quarry. Sound tests have also confirmed that the high, nearly vertical rock walls provide a very good sound without disturbing echos. With an acoustically designed stage and with the audience sitting down in the "amphitheater", Dalhalla is a worthy Nordic alternative to scenes in ancient Greece and Italy.

The water in the lake is of the utmost quality and fully drinkable. You can swim in the lake, which has been used extensively, and with great joy, by several of Dalhalla's artists over the years. The water depth is between 2 and 4 meters.

Dalhalla offers 20-25 events each summer, from June to September, and the program includes both opera performances and shows / concerts in many different music styles. In 2006, Dalhalla hit amrecord with over 120,000 visitors.

Carmen on stage 2016

Following the successful productions of Das Rheingold in 2013 and Turandot in 2015, it is with great pleasure we announce the opera production for 2016: Bizet's CARMEN!

Dalhalla was created as an arena for opera, and what opera could be more fitting for the dramatic scenery of Dalhalla than George Bizet´s CARMEN? We are filling the stage with hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians. With the soloists and a sea of extras they create a unique opera production, adapted for Dalhalla’s stage, its watercourses and rock faces.

The old limestone quarry offer unique possibilities for a truly spectacular set. We give you a Carmen who lives, loves, hates and dies in the twilight of the late summer’s night. The well-known drama of love, poverty, jealousy and violence will take place at the temporary camp by the lake where we find Carmen and her companions. This is a performance with world-class soloists, the Dalecarlia orchestra Dalasinfoniettan with its new chief conductor Daniel Blendulf, 75 choristers, 20 professional dancers plus children and extras.

Carmen is directed by opera singer and director Ulrik Qvale. Costume and set are designed by Karin Sundvall. Star choreographer Ambra Succi, known from Bounce, is leading a company of 20 dancers. This is a great venture, and the mere number of people on stage will create a massive impression.

World famous mezzosoprano Pers Anna Larsson, herself of Dalecarlian descent, is finally making her role debut as Carmen. British star tenor John Daszak, a Stockholm resident performing at all the major opera houses of today, is doing Don José. The rest of the cast is just as marvellous. Krister St. Hill is toreador Escamillo, a favourite role he does so well, and Norwegian soprano Anne Wik Larssen is a convincing Micaela. Sanna Gibbs, Carolina Bengtsdotter Ljung, Niklas Björling Rygert and Göran Eliasson forms the gang of robbers surrounding Carmen; Frasquita, Mercedes, Remendado and Dancairo. As Morales and Zuniga we find two of Sweden's most acknowledged bass-baritones, Lars Arvidson and Johan Schinkler.

Our Carmen is a story about the conditions of life at the fringes of society. We can still find Carmen, José, Frasquita and Mercedes in Europe today, among ourselves, in our midst. Their hearts yearning for true freedom. Now is the time for a multifaceted, complex and compassionate presentation of Carmen and her friends in a production that raises questions about freedom, alienation and democracy.

Performed August 13th, 19th and 20th, starting at 20.00. The arena opens at 17.00. Free parking.
Duration: 3 hours (including intermission), ending around 23.15.
Language: French with Swedish subtitles.

For inquiries, please contact
Siljan Turism tel. +46 (0)248-797200, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.

About Dalhalla

In 1991, the limestone quarry Dalhalla - then called Draggängarna - was found and brought out of its anonymity. Margaret Dellefors (former Opera Singer and Radio Producer), who had long been looking for a festival venue for summer use, and Åsa Nyman (former cultural editor in the village of Rättvik), "found" it, and the vision was born.

After a series of meetings, the municipality and the County of Dalarna/Dalecarlia assigned money to the development of the arena snd a project team was formed with Margaret Dellefors as Project Manager. A new internationally viable name had to be found: A scene taken from Wagner's world (Valhall) but located in Dalarna/Dalecarlia - the name became Dalhalla. The place itself is an experience for the eye and ear. The location is ideal, far away from buildings and well shielded against noise pollution from traffic and industry.

Acoustic measurements have confirmed an exceptionally low noise level down in the quarry. Sound tests have also confirmed that the high, nearly vertical rock walls provide a very good sound without disturbing echos. With an acoustically designed stage and with the audience sitting down in the "amphitheater", Dalhalla is a worthy Nordic alternative to scenes in ancient Greece and Italy.

The water in the lake is of the utmost quality and fully drinkable. You can swim in the lake, which has been used extensively, and with great joy, by several of Dalhalla's artists over the years. The water depth is between 2 and 4 meters.

Dalhalla offers 20-25 events each summer, from June to September, and the program includes both opera performances and shows / concerts in many different music styles. In 2006, Dalhalla hit amrecord with over 120,000 visitors.

Getting there

By Car

Dalhalla is located about 7 km from Rättvik. Get off Highway 70 just north of Rättvik towards Kullsberg/Nittsjö and follow the Dalhalla signs.

By Train

The train from Stockholm Central Station to Rättvik takes about 3.5 hours. There is a bus to Dalhalla leaving from the Railway Station in Rättvik. The bus trip takes about 20 minutes.

By Bus

In connection with the opera performances, there are direct buses to Dalhalla from several cities in Dalarna.

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