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Bizet’s sexy thriller about a soldier’s ill-fated obsession with the ultimate femme fatale is arguably the world’s most popular opera. Featuring truly brilliant orchestration, an unrivaled procession of hit tunes, and a stage full of gypsies, smugglers, factory girls, and “tor-ee-a-dors,” Carmen packs all the sizzle of Spanish culture into an irresistible theatrical event.

In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes, with 2 intermissions

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Best Availability and Prices: October 28
Limited Availability: October 29

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Audio Preview of Carmen by General Director Speight Jenkins.



Preview Trailer

See for yourself why Carmen is irresistible, unstoppable, and completely compulsive. Preview this production - the singers, sets, and costumes that you'll be seeing on stage - with our latest trailer.


Director's Talk

Meet Director Bernard Uzan and go inside the first week of Carmen rehearsals where you can see both casts at work and hear the voices making their Seattle Opera debut. Uzan describes and demonstrates why this production is worth seeing, no matter if it's the 100th time you've seen Carmen or if it's your first opera ever.


Behind The Scenes:
Youth Chorus

The children's chorus in Carmen-albeit so cute they melt your heart-has a tough job each night as they perform very challenging music. This video follows their progress in vocal coachings, to costume fittings, to delivering top-notch performances in rehearsals.


About the Cast

Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili makes her Seattle Opera debut as the seductive gypsy Carmen, with Luis Chapa as the man who loves her.

E-Book Download

Carmen Spotlight Guide for Kindle

Educational guide covering Bizet's Carmen. The guide introduces opera’s most famous femme fatale, whose cigarette-smoking, uninhibited way of life shocked audiences in nineteenth-century Paris.
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Speight's Corner

General Director Speight Jenkins reveals how he assembled the Carmen cast and who he’s thrilled to see in their American debut. Plus, our leading Carmen comes to Seattle after bringing down the La Scala house, and this video features an excerpt from her ravishing performance.


Audio Player

Hear Speight Jenkins explain why Carmen – although immensely popular – is actually extremely hard to produce. Also, Malgorzata Walewska (Friday/Sunday Carmen) tells us why her character is much more complex than some might assume.


A Visual Tour

Set in Seville, Bizet’s memorable Carmen is a sensual and dramatic story about a soldier devoured by passionate love for a seductive, fickle gypsy.


What’s Going On?

One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen shows the tragic depths of passion and jealousy when temptress Carmen casts off her devoted lover, Don José, for handsome toreador Escamillo.

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