Opéra de Paris


In Cinemas 22, 23, 24 & 27 Mar 2019
Sir Mark Elder
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Elīna Garanča (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Maria Agresta (Micaëla), Ildar Abdrazakov (Escamillo), Vannina Santoni (Frasquita), Antoinette Dennefeld (Mercédès)
Georges Bizet
Calixto Bieito
Set Design
Alfons Flores
Approx.3h incl. interval
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris 16 July 2017
Official Event Listing

"Carmen will never surrender, born free, free will she die,” cries Bizet’s titular heroine (brilliant mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča) to Don José (Roberto Alagna) at the end of the opera.

This irrepressible freedom, coupled with a need to live ever more intensely on a knife-edge, is present in Calixto Bieito’s production as in no other. Of Prosper Mérimée’s character, Bieito’s Carmen retains her thoroughly Iberian contours and the burning temperament of a woman who lives by small-time trafficking. However, the rebel bird is essentially a creature of our own times. A brazen and indomitable seductress and a product of social and masculine brutality, she lives life in the fast lane, avid for existence. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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