The gypsy Carmen is, alongside Salome, the apotheosis of the femme fatale, the murderess of men. Jose, an outsider, has discarded his comfortable life and fiancee Micaela in order to follow the beguiling Carmen. For her, however, freedom is paramount. After a short time Carmen leaves Jose for the bullfighter Escamillo. The jilted lover cannot bear his loss. At a bull fight the three protagonists meet, and while the crowds cheer Escamillo’s triumph in the arena, Jose stabs Carmen to death.
Opera in four acts by Georges Bizet. Performed in French with German surtitles.
Running time 3 hours 5 minutes
Premiere 18 Dec 2004