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Opera

Carmen

Georges Bizet

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

The National Theatre
English subtitles
Premiere production

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  • June
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  • February 2023
  • March 2023
    June 2022

    Friday 3. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Thursday 23. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Wednesday 29. 6.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    October 2022

    Wednesday 19. 10.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Saturday 29. 10.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    November 2022

    Sunday 13. 11.
    19:00

    Subscription sale

    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Saturday 19. 11.
    19:00

    Booking not started yet

    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    February 2023

    Sunday 26. 2.
    17:00

    Subscription sale

    English subtitles
    Premiere production
    March 2023

    Sunday 12. 3.
    19:00

    Subscription sale

    English subtitles
    Premiere production

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 50 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    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
    • 2022-2023

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Grischa Asagaroff
    Sets and costumes
    Luigi Perego
    Choreography
    Petros Gallias
    Lighting design
    Daniel Tesař
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk

    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, is 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, took over the musical production.

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