Founded in 1987 out of the love of music of its president, Carmen Mateu, the Festival is regarded as one of the major arts events of the summer. The business patronage of the Festival is part of the Peralada Group's Corporate Social Responsibility policy, in line with the international spirit of active contribution to culture and music performance. It is a unique initiative in Spain in terms of the support and dissemination of the music offered by private initiative with a public calling
Georgian mezzo-soprano, who stars in COC production, on what makes Carmen irresistible.
"Carmen, the most famous opera in the world, follows the the story of the sultry gypsy, Carmen, who seduces a naïve soldier, Don José. He in turn dumps his childhood sweetheart and ditches his military duties, only to be rebuffed by Carmen (who now has eyes for toreador Escamillo). The spurned José then seeks his murderous revenge.Carmen is being brought to life by two tremendous singers who are sharing the lead. We spoke with Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine about what it takes to become one of the most loved characters in opera." - hedoesthecity.com
Not only does Anita Rachvelishvili look the part, her bold, creamy mezzo-soprano voice fits the role like a glove. She is no stranger to the role and her ability to step into the femme fatale’s skin was evident.