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Carmen

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Running
14. May–20. June
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h

Dare to meet the toughest lady on the streets of opera?

Carmen is a hitlist of an opera with a rebel of a woman in the centre. A hundred years before the hippies proclaimed ‘make love, not war’, she demands the radical freedom to love – who, what and when she wishes. Ever wonder why Bizet’s Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas? Come meet the woman who outwits them all!

Carmen does not want to be seduced; she wants to do the seducing. Love is like a rebellious bird that no one can tame, she sings, like a lawless gypsy child. To this woman, all that matters is freedom – including the freedom to be a woman in her own way. This provokes Corporal Don José to no end. At the same time, he is obsessed with making her his own, his property. But Carmen will never let herself be chained down.

Popular production

The accomplished director Calixto Bieito is behind this production. To date, it has been seen by over 45,000 viewers in Oslo and acclaimed by critics after premiering in 2015. Now even more people have the opportunity to experience this production, which VG has called ‘brilliant’, Dagbladet has referred to as ‘a revelation’ and Morgenbladet has described as ‘a cinematically inspired cotemporary drama that trumps all traditional and romantic versions’.

Borderline sing-along

Calixto Bieito has stripped down the story and placed the action in the late 1970s, immediately after the end of the Franco era. There are no flamenco dancers or castanets to be seen. Instead, we meet people on the border between Spain and Morocco, as well as the border between freedom and coercion, sensuality and brutality, life and death. But this violent reality is not without humour, music and energy, which has fascinated Carmen audiences since the very first premiere in 1875.

Co-production with the English National Opera

  • Free introduction one hour before the performance

Kunstnerisk team og roller

  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Libretto
    Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
  • Conductor
    Ariane Matiakh
  • Director
    Calixto Bieito
  • Set design
    Alfons Flores
  • Costumes
    Mercè Paloma
  • Lighting design
    Bruno Poet
  • Performers
    Children's chorus, The Opera Chorus, The Opera Orchestra
Roles
    • Carmen
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
    • Don José
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Escamillo
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Micaëla
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Zuniga
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Moralès
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Frasquita
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Mercédès
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Le Dancaïre
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Le Remendado
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
    • Lillas Pastias
        • 14. May 2020
        • 22. May 2020
        • 27. May 2020
        • 29. May 2020
        • 1. Jun 2020
        • 5. Jun 2020
        • 10. Jun 2020
        • 13. Jun 2020
        • 16. Jun 2020
        • 20. Jun 2020
Price
100–845 kr
Language
French
Subtitles
English and Norwegian
  • Thursday 14. May
    19.00 / Main Stage
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  • Friday 22. May
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Wednesday 27. May
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 29. May
    19.30 / Main Stage
  • Monday 1. June
    18.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 5. June
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 10. June
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 13. June
    13.00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 16. June
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 20. June
    13.00 / Main Stage