Bieito's celebrated milestone production with the voices of Rachvelishvili, Margaine and Abrahamyan

Though Carmen was a flop when it was first staged and probably hastened Bizet's death, it became a firm favourite with audiences throughout the world during the closing decades of the 19th century. The French composer based it on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée and his gypsy cigarette girl, with her indomitable sense of freedom and tragic fate, eventually attained immortality.

Stage director Calixto Bieito made his operatic debut with Carmen at the Peralada Festival back in 1999, just months before the Liceu reopened after the fire. His production has since been reprised in various theatres in Spain and abroad, including the Liceu. He sets the action in one of Spain's last colonies in North Africa, where blood and sweat flow together in Carmen's last, fatal encounter.


Opera in four acts. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. World premiere: Opéra-Comique de Paris 3/03/1875. First Barcelona performance:  Teatre Líric 2/08/1881. First Liceu performance: 26/01/1888. Last Liceu performance: 2/05/2015. Number of Liceu performances: 232.

Artistic profile

Patrick Summers
Stage director
Calixto Bieito
Set design
Alfons Flores
Mercè Paloma
Lighting design
Alberto Rodríguez
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Teatro Massimo (Palermo) and Teatro Regio (Torino)
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
VEUS – Cor infantil Amics de la Unió
Children's chorus director
Josep Vila i Jover


ZunigaFelipe Bou
MoralèsToni Marsol
Don JoséCharles Castronovo9th,12th,15th,18th,21th June
Leonardo Capalbo11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June
EscamilloSimón Orfila9th,12th,15th,18th,21th June
Eric Greene11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June
Dancaïre Manel Esteve
RemendadoAntonio Lozano
FrasquitaJasmine Habersham
MercédèsLaura Vila
CarmenAnita Rachvelishvili9th,12th June
Varduhi Abrahamyan11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June
Clémentine Margaine15th,18th,21th June
MicaëlaMaria Miró9th,14th,15th,20th,22th June
Jeanine de Bique11th,12th,17th,18th,21th June

June 2020

9Tuesday20:00Turn Bbuy
11Thursday20:00Turn Ebuy
12Friday20:00Turn PAbuy
14Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy
15Monday20:00Turn Abuy
17Wednesday20:00Turn Gbuy
18Thursday20:00Turn Cbuy
20Saturday18:00Turn PDbuy
21Sunday18:00Turn DADbuy
22Monday20:00Turn Hbuy

First part 1h 30m
Interval 30m
Second part 1h

Approximate running time 3h

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons not to miss'CARMEN'

  • The first opera Calixto Bieito directed.
  • Carmen against the backcloth of one of Spain's last colonies.
  • Back to the Liceu comes the indomitable gypsy cigarette girl.
  • The most famous opera of all throughout the world.
  • A production that shuns hackneyed local colour.