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Opera

Carmen

Georges Bizet

Keep a safe distance when Carmen is in the mood for love

The National Theatre
Popular title
Famous draft
Modern adaptation
English subtitles

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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  • March 2022
  • April 2022
  • June 2022
    March 2022

    Thursday 10. 3.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    1. premiere
    Premiere

    Saturday 12. 3.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere

    Sunday 13. 3.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Popular title
    Famous draft
    Modern adaptation

    Saturday 19. 3.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Popular title
    Famous draft
    Modern adaptation

    Wednesday 23. 3.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Popular title
    Famous draft
    Modern adaptation
    April 2022

    Monday 18. 4.
    19:00

    Booking not started yet

    Sunday 24. 4.
    19:00

    Booking not started yet

    June 2022

    Friday 3. 6.
    19:00

    Booking not started yet

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Language

    In French, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    March 10, 2022

    Bizet’s Carmen is a staple of the repertoire of the majority of opera houses worldwide. The opera is extremely popular owing to the music, abounding in torrential rhythms, engrossing melodies and bewitching songs of the beautiful Gypsy, as well as the overwhelming power of the passions depicted in the story.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Grischa Asagaroff
    Sets and Costumes
    Luigi Perego
    Choreography
    Petros Gallias
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet
    Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

    Carmen is actually one of the first verismo operas that preceded the “manifesto” of the Italian artistic movement. Its style, and the death of the title heroine, which were at variance with the established opéra comique conventions, seem to have been the reason why the work did not give rise to much public enthusiasm at and in the wake of the world premiere in Paris in 1875. Yet Carmen soon triumphed in other European cities.

    Bizet’s Carmen is a staple of the repertoire of the majority of opera houses worldwide. It is extremely popular owing to the music, abounding in torrential rhythms, engrossing melodies and bewitching songs of the beautiful Gypsy, as well as to the overwhelming power of the passions depicted in the story.

    Carmen was first presented in Prague in 1880, at the Estates Theatre. The National Theatre staged it on 3 January 1884, shortly after its opening, as the very first foreign opera. In our new production, the story of Don José, a soldier who falls madly in love with the Gypsy Carmen, will be retold by the German director Grischa Asagaroff. Petr Popelka, chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, will take over the musical production.

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    From October 1, 2021, we start selling tickets for the performances until the end of March 2022. Advance sale of tickets for all performances (Ballet, Drama, Laterna magika and Opera) is on sale for 6 months in advance.

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

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    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
    Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
    Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

     

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