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Credits

Conductor

Patrick Summers

Director

Calixto Bieito

Sets

Alfons Flores

Costumes

Mercè Paloma

Lighting

Alberto Rodríguez

Chorus master

Conxita GarciaJosep Vila i Jover

Carmen

Anita Rachvelishvili / Varduhi Abrahamyan / Clémentine Margaine

Don José

Charles Castronovo / Leonardo Capalbo

Escamillo

Simón Orfila / Eric Greene

Micaëla

Maria Miró / Jeanine De Bique

Zuniga

Felipe Bou

Le Dancaïre

Manel Esteve Madrid

Le Remendado

Antonio Lozano

Frasquita

Jasmine Habersham

Mercédès

Laura Vila

Moralès

Toni Marsol

 

Synopsis

ACT I
A square in Seville, with a guardhouse and cigarette factory
Micaela looks for Don José, but he will not be there till the guard is changed. Urchins mock the soldiers at the changing of the guard. The girls from the cigarette factory mingle with the soldiers, but Carmen remains aloof: she can only love one who flees, not one who loves her. Since Don José is ignoring her, she flings a flower in his face and runs off.
He hides it inside his tunic as Micaela returns, bringing a letter from his mother and a kiss, which he returns.
There is a disturbance in the factory, Carmen has stabbed another girl and Zuniga orders Don José to take her to prison, but she bewitches him into letting her escape.

ACT II
The tavern of Lillas Pastia
Carmen rejects the advances of Zuniga. She is waiting for Don José, who is about to be released from prison (he had been demoted and imprisoned for letting her escape). She also seems unimpressed by the toreador Escamillo, who makes advances to her.
As all leave except Carmen and her gypsy friends, Zuniga promises to return, despite her discouragement. She refuses to join the smugglers because she is in love. Hearing Don José's voice, she tells the others to leave. He is jealous when he learns that she has danced for the officers, so she dances for him, but is interrupted by the bugle sounding the retreat. When Don José insists that he must return to barracks she accuses him of not loving her. He produces the faded flower, telling her it has stayed with him through his imprisonment.
If he loves her, she says, he will follow her to the mountains, but he is still resolved to leave. He is still there when Zuniga returns and disobeys Zuniga's order to leave. They come to blows and are separated by the smugglers. Don José now has no choice but to desert and join the smugglers.

ACT III
A pass high in the mountains
The smugglers make camp. Don José regrets his present way of life, particularly as Carmen is disenchanted with him. As Mercédès and Frasquita lightheartedly tell their fortunes, Carmen consults the cards and reads her death in them.
Don José is left on guard as the girls go down to beguile the customs officers while the men take the goods through. Micaela has come in search of Don José. She hides. Escamillo has come in search of Carmen and is discovered by Don José. They fight, and only the return of the smugglers saves Escamillo, as Carmen restrains Don José.
Micaela is discovered. She has brought Don José a message from his dying mother and Carmen scornfully tells him to go. He swears that he will return.

ACT IV
Outside the bullring in Seville
Escamillo arrives for the bullfight, accompanied by Carmen. Warned by her friends that Don José is looking for her, she refuses to beware, but waits outside to confront him. As she continues to resist his entreaties and threats, he kills her as the crowd acclaims the victorious Escamillo. Having killed his beloved Carmen, Don José surrenders to the law.

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  • Credits

    Conductor

    Patrick Summers

    Director

    Calixto Bieito

    Sets

    Alfons Flores

    Costumes

    Mercè Paloma

    Lighting

    Alberto Rodríguez

    Chorus master

    Conxita GarciaJosep Vila i Jover

    Carmen

    Anita Rachvelishvili / Varduhi Abrahamyan / Clémentine Margaine

    Don José

    Charles Castronovo / Leonardo Capalbo

    Escamillo

    Simón Orfila / Eric Greene

    Micaëla

    Maria Miró / Jeanine De Bique

    Zuniga

    Felipe Bou

    Le Dancaïre

    Manel Esteve Madrid

    Le Remendado

    Antonio Lozano

    Frasquita

    Jasmine Habersham

    Mercédès

    Laura Vila

    Moralès

    Toni Marsol

     

  • Synopsis

    ACT I
    A square in Seville, with a guardhouse and cigarette factory
    Micaela looks for Don José, but he will not be there till the guard is changed. Urchins mock the soldiers at the changing of the guard. The girls from the cigarette factory mingle with the soldiers, but Carmen remains aloof: she can only love one who flees, not one who loves her. Since Don José is ignoring her, she flings a flower in his face and runs off.
    He hides it inside his tunic as Micaela returns, bringing a letter from his mother and a kiss, which he returns.
    There is a disturbance in the factory, Carmen has stabbed another girl and Zuniga orders Don José to take her to prison, but she bewitches him into letting her escape.

    ACT II
    The tavern of Lillas Pastia
    Carmen rejects the advances of Zuniga. She is waiting for Don José, who is about to be released from prison (he had been demoted and imprisoned for letting her escape). She also seems unimpressed by the toreador Escamillo, who makes advances to her.
    As all leave except Carmen and her gypsy friends, Zuniga promises to return, despite her discouragement. She refuses to join the smugglers because she is in love. Hearing Don José's voice, she tells the others to leave. He is jealous when he learns that she has danced for the officers, so she dances for him, but is interrupted by the bugle sounding the retreat. When Don José insists that he must return to barracks she accuses him of not loving her. He produces the faded flower, telling her it has stayed with him through his imprisonment.
    If he loves her, she says, he will follow her to the mountains, but he is still resolved to leave. He is still there when Zuniga returns and disobeys Zuniga's order to leave. They come to blows and are separated by the smugglers. Don José now has no choice but to desert and join the smugglers.

    ACT III
    A pass high in the mountains
    The smugglers make camp. Don José regrets his present way of life, particularly as Carmen is disenchanted with him. As Mercédès and Frasquita lightheartedly tell their fortunes, Carmen consults the cards and reads her death in them.
    Don José is left on guard as the girls go down to beguile the customs officers while the men take the goods through. Micaela has come in search of Don José. She hides. Escamillo has come in search of Carmen and is discovered by Don José. They fight, and only the return of the smugglers saves Escamillo, as Carmen restrains Don José.
    Micaela is discovered. She has brought Don José a message from his dying mother and Carmen scornfully tells him to go. He swears that he will return.

    ACT IV
    Outside the bullring in Seville
    Escamillo arrives for the bullfight, accompanied by Carmen. Warned by her friends that Don José is looking for her, she refuses to beware, but waits outside to confront him. As she continues to resist his entreaties and threats, he kills her as the crowd acclaims the victorious Escamillo. Having killed his beloved Carmen, Don José surrenders to the law.

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