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Bizet | Carmen

  • Opéra Bastille Place de la Bastille Paris, Île-de-France France (map)

"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.

Show Dates:

  • Thu 11/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Sun 14/4/19: 2:30 pm

  • Wed 17/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Sat 20/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Tue 23/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Fri 26/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Mon 29/4/19: 7:30 pm

  • Thu 2/5/19: 7:30 pm

  • Sun 5/5/19: 2:30 pm


  • 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

  • Micaëla: Nicole Car

  • Mercédès: Valentine Lemercier

  • Frasquita: Gabrielle Philiponet

*Alternating cast


Earlier Event: March 7
Tchaikovsky | Eugene Onegin
Later Event: June 11
Mozart | Don Giovanni