Georges Bizet

Minnesota Opera shifts story to ’70s, and it soars

Pioneer Press

‘Carmen’ delivers thrills

— MinnPost

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.


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  • Listen

    Listen to Artistic Director Dale Johnson’s recommended recording of Carmen on Spotify.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Get an exclusive look at the creation of our new production of Carmen, set in 1970s post-Franco era Spain.

  • 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…

  • Show Preview

    Artistic Director Dale Johnson gives us a preview of this new production of Bizet’s Carmen.

  • Director's Notes

    Stage Director Michael Cavanagh gives us a preview of this new production of Bizet’s Carmen.

  • Composer Biography

    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.

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    Get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and hear performances by Minnesota Opera Resident Artists. Enjoy this free, fun and informative half-hour session one hour before your performance.



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