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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. 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.

Clémentine Margaine als CarmenMarcus Lieberenz
Clémentine Margaine als CarmenMarcus Lieberenz © Marcus Lieberenz

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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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
  • In French with German and English surtitles

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Participating artists
Dominic Limburg (Musikalische Leitung)
Ole Anders Tandberg (Inszenierung)
Erlend Birkeland (Bühne)
Maria Geber (Kostüme)
Ellen Ruge (Licht)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Christian Lindhorst (Kinderchor)
Silke Sense (Choreografie)
Irene Roberts (Carmen)
Meechot Marrero (Frasquita)
Arianna Manganello (Mercédès)
Valeriia Savinskaia (Micaëla)
Matthew Newlin (Don José)
Samueol Park (Moralès)
Byung Gil Kim (Zuniga)
Joel Allison (Escamillo)
Ya-Chung Huang (Remendado)
Dean Murphy (Dancairo)
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin