Georges Bizet


Opéra comique in four acts [1875]
2h 45m incl. intermission
Carmen is everything: femme fatale, mage, political activist, harbinger of death and priestess of love. The entanglements of the soldier Don José, who lets himself be carried through the hurricane of love with body, soul and jealousy, are staged by Sebastian Baumgarten as a crime thriller in the ruins of a contemporary world, characterised by poverty, crisis and death – and yet laced with an indomitable spirit:  »... strange and shrill – at times comically over the top, at others melodramatically serious. Sebastian Baumgarten has achieved a production of Carmen which is truly unique.« [NDR]
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
German text version by Bettina Bartz and Werner Hintze

In the repertoire since 27 Nov 2011