Georges Bizet

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 50 minutes, with one intermission.

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.


  • 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…

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Get an exclusive look at the creation of our new production of Carmen.

  • Show Preview

    Artistic Director Dale Johnson 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.

  • Behind the Curtain

    April 6, 2015 at 7pm at the Minnesota Opera Center.

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of Carmen. Led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley, this event features talks and performances by artists and members of the opera’s creative team.



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