Carmen (gekürzte Fassung)
Opera in four acts | Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
For Carmen the greatest good is her freedom. She never wants to submit to the pressures of society. The adapted Sergeant Don José is fascinated by this woman who just takes what she wants. He gives up everything for her, his childhood sweetheart Micaëla, his position in the military and even joins a gang of smugglers. He is obsessed with Carmen, who soon loses interest in him and falls for the death-defying bullfighter Escamillo. José is desperate and wants Carmen back at all costs. In 1875, Georges Bizet achieved a real coup with his "Carmen". The piece is still one of the most frequently performed operas of all time. Beguiling melodies and rousing rhythms meet a strong heroine. This represents the counter-image to the passive, self-sacrificing female figures that the opera world knew in the 19th century.
We show the piece in a shortened version without a break, which of course contains the most famous melodies.