Carmen

Georges Bizet

Carmen

Upcoming Performances

Thursday

Apr 25 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Apr 29 at 7:30 PM

Friday

May 3 at 7 PM

Thursday

May 9 at 7:30 PM

Monday

May 13 at 7 PM

Saturday

May 18 at 8 PM

Wednesday

May 22 at 7 PM

Saturday

May 25 at 12:30 PM

$25 rush tickets are available for most performances and go on sale for Monday through Friday evening performances at noon, for matinees four hours before curtain, and for Saturday evenings at 2:00PM. Learn more about the Met's rush ticketing program here.

Overview

A DARING NEW PRODUCTION ... TAKES FLIGHT. ... A Carmen that felt alive.” —The Washington Post 

A magnetic Aigul Akhmetshina ... TRULY IMPRESSIVE” —The New York Times 

The Met begins the New Year with a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works. Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score. Later in the season, another cast of world-class singers takes over, with mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprising her captivating portrayal of the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano as Don José, soprano Ailyn Pérez as Micaëla, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as Escamillo, and Diego Matheuz making his company debut on the podium. 

Please note that video cameras will be in operation during the January 23 and January 27 performances as part of the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.

Please note that this production includes bright flashing lights.

The Met gratefully acknowledges the support of Adrienne Arsht, the Berry Charitable Foundation, and Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard

Languages

Languages sung in Carmen

Sung In

French

Titles

Title languages displayed for Carmen

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Carmen

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 30 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I and II

    100 mins

  • Intermission

    45 mins

  • Acts III and IV

    65 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.

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

Carrie Cracknell

SET DESIGNER

Michael Levine

Costume Designer

Tom Scutt

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Guy Hoare

Projection Designer

rocafilm/Roland Horvath

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ann Yee

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.

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Music

The score of Carmen contains so many instantly recognizable tunes that it can be easy to overlook how well constructed it is. The major solos are excellent combinations of arresting melody and dramatic purpose—from the baritone’s famous Toreador Song to the tenor’s wrenching Flower Song to the title character’s alluring Habanera and Seguidilla—and the duets and ensembles are equally beguiling.