Carmen is the most famous of Bizet’s operas and premiered at Opera Comique in Paris in 1875. With its exotic Spanish setting, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don Jose, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaela by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later persuaded to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy.
This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don Jose, who has been awaiting her arrival. Carmen will be sung in French with English subtitles.
Don’t miss one of the world’s best-loved operas and opera’s most seductive temptress, Carmen along with Bizet’s unforgettable score including “Habanera” and “Toreador Song” among the best known of all operatic arias.