May 7–22, 2022

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sultry, bold, daring. When affection turns to obsession, romance becomes dangerous. Carmen, an iconic and beautiful woman, is bound to live life on her own terms. But shortly after a corporal military officer falls for her, what begins as a passionate story of desire quickly turns into a struggle for liberation. Featuring some of the most popular music to ever grace the opera stage, Minnesota Opera’s Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet’s thrilling tale to life, from its tantalizing beginning to its devastating climax.

Sung in French with English translations.

Co-produced by The Glimmerglass Festival and Minnesota Opera.

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Act One

Moralès and his soldiers pass the time watching the townspeople cross the public square. Micaëla enters, looking for Don José, a new corporal in the regiment, and is told to return later. Don José arrives …

Composer Biography

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Georges Bizet’s short career was primarily devoted to opera, reaching a remarkable climax in 1875 with Carmen. 

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