carmen

Georges Bizet

Opéra Bastille - from 11 April to 23 May 2019

Photo © Nich Thomas

Carmen

Opera in four acts (1875)

Music
Georges Bizet
Libretto
Henri Meilhac
Ludovic Halévy

After Prosper Mérimée
In French

Conductor
Lorenzo Viotti
Director
Calixto Bieito
Don José
Roberto Alagna
Jean‑François Borras
Escamillo
Roberto Tagliavini
Le Dancaïre
Boris Grappe
Le Remendado
François Rougier
Zuniga
François Lis
Moralès
Jean-Luc Ballestra
Carmen
Anita Rachvelishvili
Ksenia Dudnikova
Micaëla
Nicole Car
Anett Fritsch
Mercédès
Valentine Lemercier
Frasquita
Gabrielle Philiponet
Set design
Alfons Flores
Costume design
Mercè Paloma
Lighting design
Alberto Rodríguez Vega
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de‑Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

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“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.

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