Georges Bizet

Carmen

Upcoming Performances

Wednesday

Jan 9 at 8 PM

Saturday

Jan 12 at 8:30 PM

Thursday

Jan 17 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Jan 21 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jan 26 at 1 PM

Tuesday

Jan 29 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Feb 2 at 1 PM

Tuesday

Feb 5 at 7:30 PM

Friday

Feb 8 at 7:30 PM

Overview

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Production a gift of Mrs. Paul Desmarais Sr.

Languages

Languages sung in Carmen

Sung In

French

Titles

Title languages displayed for Carmen

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Carmen

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 21 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I & II

    101 mins

  • Intermission

    36 mins

  • Act III & IV

    64 mins

  • Opera Ends

World premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1875. Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

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Creators

Georges Bizet (1838–1875) was known as a brilliant student and prodigy, but his works only found lasting success after his untimely death—most notably Carmen, which premiered three months before he died. Librettist Henri Meilhac (1831–1897) would subsequently provide the libretto for Massenet’s Manon (1884). His collaborator on Carmen was Ludovic Halévy (1834–1908), the nephew of composer Jacques Fromental Halévy (creator of the opera La Juive and Bizet’s father-in-law). The libretto is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée (1803–1870), a French dramatist, historian, and archaeologist.

PRODUCTION

Sir Richard Eyre

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

Rob Howell

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Peter Mumford

CHOREOGRAPHER

Christopher Wheeldon

REVIVAL STAGE DIRECTOR

Paula Williams

Headshot of Georges Bizet

Composer

Georges Bizet

Setting

The opera takes place in and around Seville, a city that, by the time Carmen was written, had already served many operatic composers as an exotic setting conducive to erotic intrigues and turmoil (Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, among others). The hometown of Don Juan, the city also inspired Mozart with Don Giovanni, and Beethoven used Seville as the setting for a study of marital fidelity in Fidelio.