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.
- 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
|Don José||Charles Castronovo||9th,12th,15th,18th,21th June|
|Leonardo Capalbo||11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June|
|Escamillo||Simón Orfila||9th,12th,15th,18th,21th June|
|Eric Green||11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June|
|Carmen||Anita Rachvelishvili||9th,12th June|
|Varduhi Abrahamyan||11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June|
|Clémentine Margaine||15th,18th,21th June|
|Micaëla||Maria Miró||9th,14th,15th,20th,22th June|
|Jeanine de Bique||11th,12th,17th,18th,21th June|
First part 1h 30m
Second part 1h
Approximate running time 3h
Information of Interest
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.