Georges Bizet

Opera in four acts
Libretto: Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy 
World premiere: 3 March 1875, Paris 
Premiere of this production: 7 June 2018, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw 
In the original French with Polish surtitles

  • Act 1 & 2

    1h30 min.

  • Intermission

    25 min.

  • Act 3


Duration: ca. 3h

  • About the production

    Nineteenth-century Seville – a rather trendy destination in the world of opera. The story revolves around Carmen, a Gypsy girl (today we would say, a Roma girl), an object (today we would avoid such a term altogether) of desire of all men in the area. Carmen hands the deathly flower to a corporal by the name of Don José. A fight breaks out, the woman entices the soldier with a promise of love. He lets her escape, for which he is imprisoned in solitary confinement. The eponymous heroine seduces men and plays them against one another. Like a pure element, she sweeps through the lives of people she encounters on her path. Extreme emotions and desires are the driving force here, of course, yet if we look closer, we would find darkness. The director, Andrzej Chyra, thrillingly reveals to us two sides of his Carmen: colourful and sensual as if channelling a Latin music video, while also dark and steely, reminiscent of a spectral megapolis construction site. We might even take the liberty of counting also Carmens father, Georges Bizet, among her victims – he died shortly following the premiere, in 1875. The masterpiece, innovative for its time, was received with coldness and disregard.

  • Credits
    Patrick Fournillier
    Andrzej Chyra
    Set Designer
    Barbara Hanicka
    Costume Designer
    Magda Maciejewska
    Lighting Designer
    Bartosz Nalazek
    Jacek Przybyłowicz
    Video Projections
    Michał Jankowski
    Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk
    Dramatrugic cooperation
    Michał Kurkowski
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski
    Children’s Choir Master
    Danuta Chmurska
    Hair and Make up
    Marek Bryczyński