Carmen - Opera - Season 16/17 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Georges Bizet

    Opéra Bastille - from 07 March to 16 July 2017

    Vincent Pontet/OnP

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Opéra Bastille - from 07 March to 16 July 2017


Opera Georges Bizet

Opéra Bastille - from 07 March to 16 July 2017

3h00 with 1 interval

Language : French


In few words:

"And taking the flower from her mouth, she threw it at me with a jerk of her thumb and struck me right between the eyes."

Prosper Mérimée, Carmen

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” With a devilish sway of the hips and a hint of Andalusian flair, the beautiful cigar-maker sets her sights on a soldier: Don José. Fate will do the rest. Though immediately regarded as a masterpiece throughout Europe, it took time for Carmen to win acceptance in Paris where it received a lukewarm reception at its premiere in 1875. Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.


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Carmen - Georges Bizet

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About the work


  • Mécène d’OpérApprentis

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera initiatives for young people and of the avant-premières

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts

  • With the support of AROP

Gala in aid of the Paris Opera’s activities.
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Audio-description on 25, 28 june, 2 july 2017

Ce spectacle fera l’objet d’une captation audiovisuelle

Une co-production Opéra national de Paris et Caméra Lucida avec le soutien du CNC et la participation de France 3, réalisée par François-René Martin.
Diffusion en léger différé sur Culture Box et France 3.

Media and technical partners

  • Coproducer

  • Web broadcaster

  • Media partnership

  • Partenaire de diffusion

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