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16+
Carmen
About the performance

A request for a new opera was received by Bizet from the directors of the Opéra Comique, Camille du Locle and Adolphe de Leuven in 1872, almost immediately after his Djamileh had failed in that theatre. In the summer of 1874, the opera was completed. The premiere took place on the 3rd of March 1875 and was received in a cool manner. According to Ludovic Halévy, one of the authors of the libretto, “after the curtain fell, only two or three of Bizet's faithful friends remained in the audience”. “Such veracity, but what a scandal!” critics said in one voice. Despite that, the opera was performed forty-eight times over that year.

The composer did not live long enough to witness the success which awaited his Carmen on the world’s operatic stages. After this death, Bizet’s friend, the composer Ernest Guiraud, replaced the conversational dialogues with recitatives and added a fourth act to music from other compositions by Bizet. It was that edition with which the opera won popularity. In October 1875, the premiere in Vienna was held with great success. Between 1876 and 1878, performances followed in Brussels, Budapest, London, New York and Stockholm, and everywhere Carmen was greeted with ovations. The Russian premiere took place in St Petersburg in 1878 and what is more, it was performed in Italian.

Premiered on 15 July 2015.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after the novel of the same name by Prosper Mérimée

Music Director
Tugan Sokhiev
Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 10 minutes
Language:
French
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance. Konstantin Shushakov as Morales.

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Anna Nechaeva as Micaela.

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Dinara Alieva as Micaela.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Oxana Volkova as Carmen. Brian Jagde as Don Jose.

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Alexander Borodin as Zuniga. Yulia Mazurova as Carmen. Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose.

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Anna Aglatova as Micaela. Hovhannes Ayvazyan as Don Jose.

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Dinara Alieva as Micaela. Marat Karahan as Don Jose.

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Anna Nechaeva as Micaela. Murat Karahan as Don Jose.

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Andrea Caré as Don Jose.

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A scene from the performance.

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Varduhi Abrahamyan as Carmen.

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Yulia Mazurova as Carmen. Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Escamillo.

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Yulia Mazurova as Carmen. Nikolai Kazansky as Zuniga.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Escamillo.

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Ekaterina Vorontsova as Mercedes. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Guzel Sharipova as Frasquita.

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Elchin Azizov as Escamillo. Anastasia Sorokina as Frasquita.

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Oxana Volkova as Carmen. Pavel Yankovsky as Escamillo.

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Varduhi Abrahamyan as Carmen. Oxana Gorchakovskaya as Mercedes. Alexander Miminoshvili as Dancairo. Ruslana Koval as Frasquita. Marat Gali as Remendado.

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Stanislav Mostovoi as Remendado. Olga Seliverstova as Frasquita. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Anastasia Shchegoleva as Mercedes.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Murat Karahan as Don Jose.

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Dmitry Golovnin as Don Jose. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Dmitro Popov as Don Jose. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Jose. Oxana Volkova as Carmen.

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Olga Seliverstova as Frasquita. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Ekaterina Morozova as Mercedes.

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Dmitro Popov as Don Jose. Dmitry Beloselsky as Escamillo.

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Alina Chertash as Mercedes. Azamat Tsaliti as Dancairo. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Bekhzod Davronov as Remendado.

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Andrea Caré as Don Jose. Dalibor Jenis as Escamillo.

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Dinara Alieva as Micaela.

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Anastasia Shchegoleva as Micaela.

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Dinara Alieva as Micaela. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Jose.

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Dinara Alieva as Micaela. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Jose.

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Anna Aglatova as Micaela. Yulia Mazurova as Carmen. Hovhannes Ayvazyan as Don Jose.

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A scene from the performance.

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Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo.

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Alexander Krasnov as Escamillo. Yulia Mazurova as Carmen.

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Alexander Kasyanov as Escamillo. Oxana Volkova as Carmen.

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Dancers: Yiulia Shoshina, Anatoly Strizhak.

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Dancers: Rosario Castro, Ricardo Castro.

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Alexey Markov as Escamillo.

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Murat Karahan as Don Jose. Yulia Mazurova as Carmen.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen. Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Jose. Agunda Kulaeva as Carmen.

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Cast
26 February
2023

Sunday, 14:00

25 February
2023

Saturday, 19:00

24 February
2023

Friday, 19:00

23 February
2023

Thursday, 19:00

22 February
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

17 July
2022

Sunday, 14:00

16 July
2022

Saturday, 19:00

15 July
2022

Friday, 19:00

10 April
2022

Sunday, 19:00

09 April
2022

Saturday, 19:00

07 April
2022

Thursday, 19:00

06 April
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

14 November
2021

Sunday, 19:00

13 November
2021

Saturday, 19:00

12 November
2021

Friday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

A bustling square in the city of Seville. Dragoon guards are watching over the crowd. Micaëla comes in search of Don José whose mother is sending him a letter through her. As José is not to be found, Micaëla leaves. José arrives with his company to relieve the guards. Female workers of the tobacco make their way from work through the square. Carmen the gypsy is among them. All the men are fascinated by her, but she refuses to love them back: she is drawn to the indifferent one, Don José. As she leaves, she throws at him a cassia flower. Micaëla returns. She and José reminisce about their native land. When Micaëla goes away, José reads his mother’s letter. He is decided to do as she says and marry Micaëla.

Suddenly the peace is disturbed: Carmen has started a quarrel with her fellow worker. Two fighting women are set apart, and José is to escort Carmen to jail. Carmen promises him her love if he helps her escape. José surrenders to her charm.

Schedule and tickets
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Time
22 February
Wednesday
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0
19:00
23 February
Thursday
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19:00
24 February
Friday
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19:00
25 February
Saturday
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19:00
26 February
Sunday
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14:00
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