Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.
Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.
Carmen by Georges Bizet, from Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, Austria, 2005. Directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, conductor Ernst Märzendorfer. Starring Nadia Krasteva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sebastian Holecek, Asa Elmgren; Ballet Español de Valencia, Chorus of the National Theatre Brno.
Carmen by G. Bizet, from Arena di Verona, 2014. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, conductor Henrik Nánási, starring Carlos Alvarez, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Carlo Ventre, Cristina Melis, Paolo Antognetti, Irina Lungu,Francesca Micarelli, Federico Longhi, Francesco Verna and Seung Pil Choi. Performed in ...
Carmen by Bizet, from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, performed at Teatro Costanzi. Performed in French.
The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halévy, is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died only three months later on 3 June 1875, following two se...
Carmen by G. Bizet from Macerata Opera Festival, performed at Arena Sferisterio, 2008. Directed by Dante Ferretti, conductor Carlo Montanaro. Starring Nino Surguladze (Carmen), Philippe Do (DonJosé), Irina Lungu (Micaëla), Alexandra Zabala (Frasquita), Paola Gardina (Mercédès), Simone Albergh...