Carmen - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Georges Bizet

    Opéra Bastille - from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023

    Vincent Pontet / OnP

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Opéra Bastille - from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023


Opera Georges Bizet

Opéra Bastille - from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023

2h55 with 1 interval

Language : French

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 15 Nov. 2022


In few words:

At the premiere of Carmen on March 3rd 1875 at the Opéra‑Comique, the audience, shocked by its “Castillian wantonness”, cried scandal! Georges Bizet, who died three months later, never knew that his opera was to become one of the most widely performed in the world. Although the success of this work can be attributed to its unforgettable melodies, it also owes much to the independent character of the celebrated cigarette factory worker: “Carmen will never give in. Born free, she will die free”, sings the heroine to Don José at the end of the opera. Her irrepressible liberty, coupled with the necessity to live on a knife’s edge, ever more intensely, is captured by Calixto Bieito’s production as by none other. From Mérimée’s original character, Bieito’s Carmen retains her profoundly Iberian contours and the ardent temperament of a woman living off small‑time trafficking. This rebel, however, is a thoroughly contemporary creature. A tantalising and indomitable vamp, she lives life in the fast lane, in an urgent desire to fully exist.


Carmen: A gypsy girl, working as a cigar-maker in a tobacco factory in Seville
Don José: A soldier and Carmen’s lover who deserts the army for her
Micaela: A young girl originally from Don José’s village
Escamillo: A toreador and one of Carmen’s lovers
Frasquita and Mercedes: Two gypsy girls who are friends of Carmen
Zuniga: Don José’s superior officer
Morales: A regimental comrade of Don José
Le Dancaïre and Remendado: Two smugglers
  • Opening
  • First part 85 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 60 mn
  • End


30 min




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Audio clips

Carmen (saison 22/23)- Acte 1 (Michael Spyres, Gaëlle Arquez)

Carmen (saison 22/23) - Acte 3(Gaëlle Arquez, Andrea Cueva Molnar, Adèle Charvet)

Carmen (saison 22/23)- Acte 1 (Choeur d'enfants)

Carmen (saison 22/23) - Acte 2 (Michael Spyres)

About the work

Media coverage

  • Calixto Bieito's violent and militant Carmen at the Opéra Bastille

  • A sultry Carmen at the Paris Opera

  • A torrid Carmen sets the Bastille on fire


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