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Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)

Georges Bizet’s CARMEN was a deliberate and direct affront to the Romantic operatic tradition. The fiercely independent spirit of the eponymous heroine was the polar opposite of the passive suffering of the female characters that had populated the opera stage up to that point.

Clémentine Margaine als Carmen
Clémentine Margaine als Carmen © Marcus Lieberenz

Yet CARMEN is anti-Romantic in a larger sense: Bizet’s opera presents a world in which love as a feeling between two people is out of place and has long been supplanted by sex and violence. Carmen and Escamillo, the torero, are emblematic of this new society, where survival of the fittest is the only law that counts, a world where Don José, with his bourgeois ideal of love, remains an oddity, doomed to fail.

With his clear-eyed view of the bleakness of the human condition Bizet lines up with novelist Emile Zola. In a rejection of the stereotypical image peddled by many productions, Bizet’s Spain casts the ugliness of poverty in a true light.

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In French with German and English surtitles

Opéra comique in four acts by Georges Bizet

Libretto by Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée

First performed on 3rd March 1875, in Paris

Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 20th January 2018

Recommended from 14 years on

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Participating artists
Yi-Chen Lin (Musikalische Leitung)
Ole Anders Tandberg (Inszenierung)
Erlend Birkeland (Bühne)
Maria Geber (Kostüme)
Ellen Ruge (Licht)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Christian Lindhorst (Kinderchor)
Silke Sense (Choreografie)
Annalisa Stroppa (Carmen)
Elisa Verzier (Frasquita)
Karis Tucker (Mercédès)
Maria Motolygina (Micaëla)
Tomislav Muzek (Don José)
Kyle Miller (Moralès)
Joel Allison (Zuniga)
Samuel Dale Johnson (Escamillo)
Andrew Dickinson (Remendado)
Artur Garbas (Dancairo)
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
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