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Revival premiere 1 November 2019


Opera in three acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875). Libretto Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée.

Sung in French with Swedish and English surtitles.

Trailer from the 2016 production
”Opera at its best”Dagens Nyheter
”Katarina Giotas makes an outstanding interpretation of the role”Göteborgs-Posten
”Luxurious”SR Kulturnytt
Carmen personifies independence and passion: she is wild, fearless, voracious. When she throws her rose to Don José, thus commences a relationship that will end in tragedy. The otherwise conscientious José becomes a man possessed, abandoning everything to follow her. But as Carmen’s passion wanes, she swiftly moves on to the next target, the next man. She is a woman who will never compromise her independence.

Bizet’s captivating factory worker has been capturing hearts for almost 150 years. This visually spectacular production was created by Sir David McVicar for Glyndebourne in 2002.

In our revival, Katarina Giotas returns as Carmen, with Joachim Bäckström as her bewitched lover, Don José. The self-assured bullfighter Escamillo, played by  Mats Persson, sweeps us away with the Toreador Song in act one, while  Frida Engström delights us in the role of José’s childhood love, sweet Micaëla. Conductor Patrik Ringborg infuses the melodious and dramatic music with glory.

Introduction to Carmen

One hour prior to each opera performance on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held at the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free. Limited places available

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction on the premiere performance.

Rehearsals prior to the production in 2016

13 performances


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