Lyric Opera - Carmen

NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

CARMEN

by Georges Bizet
FEBRUARY 11 – MARCH 25
Performed in French with projected English translations
Performance running time: 3 hours 15 minutes including 1 intermission



Carmen Opera Overview


Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there’s only one Carmen. Her allure proves spellbinding as she seduces a hapless corporal and then a dashing bullfighter. You’ll feel the heat as you’re captivated by Bizet’s bewitching melodies — the smoky Habanera, the playful Seguidilla, the provocative Gypsy Song. Every single melody in this ever-popular opera is a beloved hit, and each is brought to life by a cast of spectacular leading artists. Join us for this production — never before seen in Chicago — and find out why it’s the perfect work to see again and again, and the ideal opportunity to introduce new fans to the thrill of opera.


 
Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera.

PRODUCTION SPONSORS 
HARRIS FAMILY
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LAURIE V. BAY
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JOHN H. KREHBIEL, JR.
MAZZA
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Photo: Lynn Lane/ Houston Grand Opera




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Synopsis

In Seville a corporal, Don José, is ordered to escort the gypsy Carmen to prison after she attacks another girl.  José, however, falls instantly in love with Carmen, lets her escape, and is himself sent to prison. Following his release he visits Carmen at a tavern, where she has just met the bullfighter Escamillo. After dueling with a superior officer, José is forced to desert the army. He joins Carmen and her smuggler friends in the mountains, where she quickly tires of him. Once his hometown sweetheart Micaëla arrives to bring him home to his dying mother, Carmen is free to accept the attentions of Escamillo. José later comes to the arena in Seville where Escamillo is about to fight a bull. Outside the arena José confronts Carmen.  He pleads with her and finally, overcome by jealousy, stabs her just as the crowd inside proclaims Escamillo’s victory.


 
Carmen Audio Clips

Audio Highlights

Georges Bizet

Recording by EMI – Bumbry, Vickers, Miljakovic, Hamari, cond. Frühbeck de Burgos. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Prelude"


"Habanera"


"Seguidilla"


"Flower Song"




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Best of the Best

Bizet’s Carmen, with its gypsy heroine, blazing with allure and white-hot passion! She seduces a young corporal, Don José, who deserts the army for her only to have her discard him in favor of a sexy bullfighter.

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Carmen Opera Book

Meet the Carmens!

Chicago audiences are in for a sizzling treat this season: two spectacular, sultry Carmens will bring Bizet’s beloved role to life on the Lyric stage!

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Musical excerpts for Carmen provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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