Minnesota Opera shifts story to ’70s, and it soars
‘Carmen’ delivers thrills
In the sultry streets of Spain
Obsession turns deadly when the smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, seduces both a love-sick soldier and a swaggering toreador. With its passionate, sultry orchestration and a veritable hit parade of recognizable tunes, Carmen is sure to sell out!
Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 59 minutes, with one intermission.
Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.
Digital Program and Synopsis
There is a fight inside the factory – in the skirmish, Carmen has slashed the face of another girl. Don José is ordered to sort out the situation. When Carmen shows her indifference to his authority, Zuniga decides to send her to prison and commands José to tie her hands. Quietly she persuades José to let her escape by promising an amorous rendezvous…Read More...
Cast and Creative Team
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Behind the Scenes
Get an exclusive look at the creation of our new production of Carmen, set in 1970s post-Franco era Spain.
Listen to Artistic Director Dale Johnson’s recommended recording of Carmen on Spotify.
Artistic Director Dale Johnson gives us a preview of this new production of Bizet’s Carmen.Read more...
Stage Director Michael Cavanagh gives us a preview of this new production of Bizet’s Carmen.Read more...
Georges Bizet’s short career was primarily devoted to opera, reaching a remarkable climax in 1875 with Carmen. This now-famous opera followed a succession of complete and incomplete works that had no great success in Bizet’s lifetime. Only six operas survive in a performable text.Read More...
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Taste of Opera
Taste of Opera dinner: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Scusi.
Taste of Opera lunch: Sunday, May 3, 2015 at The Saint Paul Hotel.
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