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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

Next performances

30 Aug 2016, Tuesday, at 19:00

Bolero, chamber concert

Spanish Synagogue, Prague

700 CZK


5 Sep 2016, Monday, at 20:00

Prague Brass Ensemble: From Baroque to Jazz, chamber concert

St Nicholas Church at Old Town, Prague

500 CZK


11 Sep 2016, Sunday, at 20:00

Prague Brass Ensemble: From Baroque to Jazz, chamber concert

St Nicholas Church at Old Town, Prague

500 CZK


14 Sep 2016, Wednesday, at 19:00

Carmen, opera sung in: French

Prague National Theatre, Prague

Best available 1290 CZK


19 Sep 2016, Monday, at 20:00

Prague Brass Ensemble: From Baroque to Jazz, chamber concert

St Nicholas Church at Old Town, Prague

500 CZK


Carmen

Opera in 4 acts based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée

genre opera
music Georges Bizet
libretto Henri Meilhac
libretto Ludovic Halévy
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.