Opéra comique in four acts.
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy
(based on the novella by Prosper Merimee)
World premiere: Paris, Opéra Comique, March 3, 1875
Set in Seville around the year 1830 and replete with love, lust, and jealousy.
Don José is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen. After Don José allows Carmen to escape from custody, he is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated. Don José is driven wild by jealousy when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen. There, Carmen finds her demise at the hands of Don José, who has been awaiting her arrival.
Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 14th, 3:00 PM