March 11. 2023 - April 07. 2023

Upcoming Dates

March 11. 2023 - April 07. 2023



Carmen is irresistible from the first note of the electrifying prelude right to the end of the devastating finale. The immortal tale of the restless, free-spirited heroine and Don José, the soldier who's drawn to her in a truly "fatal attraction," Carmen has long been one of the world's favorite operas. It returns this season in the company's vividly colorful, powerfully dramatic production with dynamic Ryan Opera Center alumna J'Nai Bridges, who is now enjoying a dazzling career internationally, in the title role. Partnering with her is Charles Castronovo, one of the world's most acclaimed tenors. You'll be drawn to the drama like moth to flame as this alluring opera brings you along to its edge-of-your-seat ending.

  • Language: Sung in French with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours 25 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric's presentation of Bizet's Carmen is generously made possible by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Liz Stiffel, and the Lauter McDougal Charitable Fund.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Cynthia Clarey

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Meet the artists




* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumna
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

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


Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera