New-to-Chicago Production Carmen

By Georges Bizet

  • Language - Performed in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours 15 minutes including 1 intermission

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.

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This production of Carmen was presented at Lyric February 11 – March 25, 2017. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

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

"Prelude"
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"Habanera"
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"Seguidilla"
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"Flower Song"
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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Commentary by Jack Zimmerman
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Carmen 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.

Program Book

Go inside this production of Carmen with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Ekaterina Gubanova

Carmen (Feb. 11 – Mar. 6)

Anita Rachvelishvili

Carmen (Mar. 16 – 25)

Joseph Calleja

Don José (Feb. 11 – Mar. 6)

Brandon Jovanovich

Don José (Mar. 16 – 25)

Eleonora Buratto

Micaela

Christian Van Horn

Escamillo

Diana Newman

Frasquita

Lindsay Metzger

Mercedes

Mingjie Lei

Remendado

Emmett O’Hanlon

Dancaire

Takaoki Onishi

Morales

Bradley Smoak

Zuniga

Alec Carlson

Lillas Pastia

Patrick Guetti

A Guide

Chicago Children’s Chorus

Harry Bicket

Conductor (Feb. 11 – Mar. 6)

Ainars Rubikis

Conductor (Mar. 16 – 25)

Rob Ashford

Director & Choreographer

David Rockwell

Set Designer

Donald Holder

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Carmen Production Sponsors

HARRIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
JAMES N. AND LAURIE V. BAY
KAREN Z. GRAY-KREHBIEL AND JOHN H. KREHBIEL, JR.
MAZZA FOUNDATION
SEYMOUR H. PERSKY CHARITABLE TRUST

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Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg