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10 > 27 September 2018
Rosey Concert Hall


Opera by Georges Bizet
Libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée.
First performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875.

New production

Sung in french with english surtitles
Duration: approx. 3h20 (with one intermission)

Without doubt, she has some irresistible arguments. Is she seductive? Is she beautiful and charismatic? One thing is certain, her credo is freedom. She has surged forth from Mérimée’s pen and been set to music by Bizet, a worthy successor of Charles Gounod. Despite a setback with its creation and the glacial reception by a public, which was offended by the indecency of the heroine - as was the director of the Salle Favart – the work is enjoying a rapturous success across the whole of Europe. The realists claimed it as a model, especially for its dramatic clarity and the passionate intensity of its protagonists. Carmen, the archetype of the liberated woman, flies in the face of the traditional codes of behaviour. Carmen, the dream role of every mezzo-soprano, is more than a seductress, she ranks with Orpheus, Faust and Don Juan in the Pantheon of mythical characters. At their first-level of appreciation of the work, the opening night audience did not understand this opera, which was later to become a global success. And what if we all have a little of Carmen in us?

Musical Director John Fiore
Stage Director & Scenographer Reinhild Hoffmann
Costumes Designer Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting Designer Alexander Koppelmann
Carmen Ekaterina Sergeeva (10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 & 26 sept.)
Héloïse Mas (12, 22, 27 sept. + 5 oct.)
Don José Sébastien Guèze (10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 & 26 sept. + 5 oct.* )
Sergej Khomov (12, 22, 27 sept.)
Escamillo Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Jean-Sébastien Bou (5 oct.*)
Micaëla Mary Feminear (10, 14, 16, 20, 24 & 26 sept. + 5 oct.*)
Adriana González (12, 18, 22, 27 sept.)
Mercédès Héloïse Mas (10, 14, 20, 24, 26 sept.)
Carine Séchaye (12, 16, 18, 22, 27 sept. + 5 oct.*)
Frasquita Melody Louledjian
Le Dancaïre Ivan Thirion
Le Remendado Rodolphe Briand
Zuniga Martin Winkler
Moralès Jérôme Boutillier
Lillas Pastia Alonso Leal Morado
Le Couple Brigitte Cuvelier
Jean Chaize
Une marchande Marianne Dellacasagrande
Un bohémien Wolfgang Barta
  *at the Rosey Concert Hall
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  
Maîtrise du Conservatoire populaire de Musique,
Danse et Théâtre

Directors Magali Dami & Fruzsina Szuromi

Conference about the work


Sponsored by


Fondation Otto et Régine Heim

Sep 2018
Monday 10 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 12 |  7:30 pm
Friday 14 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 16 |  3 pm
Tuesday 18 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 20 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 22 |  7:30 pm
Monday 24 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 26 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 27 |  7:30 pm

Audiodescription available

Oct 2018
Friday 5 |  7:30 pm

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