- 1 nov – 19 dec 2019, Main Stage.
- 3 hours and 50 minutes, including 2 intervals.
- Patrik Ringborg
- Direction, original production
- Sir David McVicar
- Direction, revival production
- Marie Lambert
- Mattias Palm
- Set design
- Michael Vale
- Costume design
- Sue Blane
- Choreography, original production
- Andrew George
- Choreography, revival production
- Andrzej Glosniak
- Stunt choreography
- Nicholas Hall
- Lighting design, original production
- Paule Constable
- Lighting design, revival production
- Joakim Brink
- Katarina Giotas
- Don José
- Joachim Bäckström
- Mats Persson
- Frida Engström
- Mattias Ermedahl
- Daniel Ralphsson
- Sami Yousri
- Henrik Andersson
- Mia Karlsson
- Ann-Kristin Jones
- Lillas Pastia
- Jérôme Delbey
- The Göteborg Opera Chorus
- The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
- Dancers, Children’s Chorus, Extras
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.
”Opera at its best”— Dagens Nyheter
”Katarina Giotas makes an outstanding interpretation of the role”— Göteborgs-Posten
”Luxurious”— SR Kulturnytt
Bizet’s seductive factory girls have been capturing hearts for almost 150 years. Sir David McVicar’s gory and visually spectacular interpretation was created for Glyndebourne 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.
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Images from the 2016 production
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.