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Opéra Bastille - from 11 April to 23 May 2019


Opera Georges Bizet

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Opéra Bastille - from 11 April to 23 May 2019

3h00 with 1 interval

Language : French

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 11 April 2019


In few words:

“Carmen will never surrender, born free, free will she die”cries Bizet’s heroine to Don José at the end of the opera. This irrepressible freedom, coupled with a need to live ever more intensely on a knife-edge, is present in Calixto Bieito’s production as in no other. Of Mérimée’s character, Bieito’s Carmen retains her thoroughly Iberian contours and the burning temperament of a woman who lives by small-time trafficking. However, the rebel bird is essentially a creature of our own times. A brazen and indomitable seductress and a product of social and masculine brutality, she lives life in the fast lane, avid for existence.

  • Opening
  • First part 90 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 90 mn
  • End
  • Carmen

    Opera in four acts (1875)

    After Prosper Mérimée

    • Music :

      Georges Bizet

    • Libretto :

      Henri Meilhac

      Ludovic Halévy

    • Conductor :

      Lorenzo Viotti

      Pierre Vallet (8 mai) - 8 mai

    • Director :

      Calixto Bieito

    • Set design :

      Alfons Flores

    • Costume design :

      Mercè Paloma

    • Lighting design :

      Alberto Rodríguez Vega

    • Chorus master :

      Alessandro Di Stefano


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Audio clips

Carmen - « L’Amour est un oiseau rebelle »

Carmen(saison 16/17) - Micaëla et Don José (Bryan Hymel et Marina Costa-Jackson)

Carmen(saison 16/17)- Micaëla (Marina Costa-Jackson)

Carmen(saison 16/17)- Don José (Bryan Hymel)

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