Carmen

Georges Bizet

Opéra Bastille - from 07 March to 16 July 2017

Photo © Chad Moore

Carmen

Opera in four acts (1875)

Music
Georges Bizet
Libretto
Henri Meilhac
Ludovic Halévy

After Prosper Mérimée
In French

Conductor
Bertrand de Billy
Giacomo Sagripanti
Mark Elder
Director
Calixto Bieito
Don José
Roberto Alagna
Bryan Hymel
Escamillo
Roberto Tagliavini
Ildar Abdrazakov
Le Dancaïre
Boris Grappe
Le Remendado
François Rougier
Zuniga
François Lis
Carmen
Clémentine Margaine
Varduhi Abrahamyan
Anita Rachvelishvili
Elīna Garanča
Micaëla
Aleksandra Kurzak
Marina Costa-Jackson
Maria Agresta
Frasquita
Vannina Santoni
Mercédès
Antoinette Dennefeld
Moralès
Jean-Luc Ballestra
Set design
Alfons Flores
Costume design
Mercè Paloma
Lighting design
Alberto Rodríguez Vega
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

Gala in aid of the Paris Opera’s activities.
Tarifs et réservations uniquement pour cette date : 0158186510 / galacarmen.fr

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.

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"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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