Opera Kelowna - Bizet’s Carmen

Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. 

The depictions of working class life, immorality, lawlessness, and tragic death on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

NOTE: The opera will be translated into English through subtitles displayed on side theatre screens.