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Opera details

Stagings

  • Carmen

    Moravian Theatre Opera
    11/6/2010

  • Carmen

    Prague State Opera
    11/3/2004

  • Carmen

    Prague National Theatre Opera
    15/3/1999

  • The best of Carmen

    Jiří Srnec Black Light Theatre
    1/12/

Next performances

10 Dec 2016, Saturday, at 17:00

Best of Czech and World Music, chamber concert

St Martin in the Wall Church, Prague

Best available 700 CZK


11 Dec 2016, Sunday, at 16:30

Schubert-Franck-Händel-Mozart, chamber concert with vocal soloist

St George Basilic, Prague

Best available 1050 CZK


11 Dec 2016, Sunday, at 17:30

Bolero, chamber concert

Spanish Synagogue, Prague

700 CZK


13 Dec 2016, Tuesday, at 17:30

Bolero, chamber concert

Spanish Synagogue, Prague

700 CZK


15 Dec 2016, Thursday, at 16:30

Schubert-Franck-Händel-Mozart, chamber concert with vocal soloist

St George Basilic, Prague

Best available 1050 CZK


Carmen

Opera in 4 acts based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée

genre opera
music Georges Bizet
libretto Ludovic Halévy
libretto Henri Meilhac
world premiere 03/03/1875 Paris (Opéra-Comique)
home premiere 3rd January, 1884, Praha (Národní divadlo)

sykorova2.jpgThe story of the passionate and beautiful Carmen, the frivolous seductress, whose fickle life ands at the hands of the jilted lover, was written by Prosper Mérimée a whole thirty years before the premier of Bizet´s work. The thirty-seven-year-old composer intro-duced more characters into the plot. He positioned the carefree Carmen in juxtaposition to the pure and responsible Micaela, in addition to José there is his arch enemy Don Escamillo.

While preserving the simple story Bizet composed an opera full of sensual and wild Spanish melodies which, how-ever, generated enthusiasm throughout Europe only after the premier in 1875 (the audience hiss at the premier in Paris six month earlier). The composer, however, did not live to experience the success of his masterpiece.