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time: 6:30 pm
scene: Main Stage
duration: 3 hrs 20 mins
intervals: 2
time: 6:30 pm
scene: Main Stage
duration: 3 hrs 20 mins
intervals: 2


Composer: Georges Bizet

Opera in 4 acts
Libretto: Henry Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy according to Prosper Merimée novel
World premiere: 3 March 1875, Paris
Polish premiere: 5 July 1882, Warsaw

Premiere at the Krakow Opera: 5 March 2010
Sung in French with Polish surtitles

Production team:

Producer and Director: Laco Adamik
Music Director: Tadeusz Kozłowski
Set and Costume Designer: Barbara Kędzierska
Choreography: Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmieć
Choir Master: Marek Kluza


CARMEN | Monika Korybalska (December 13, 15)

DON JOSÉ | Tomasz Kuk (December 13, 15)

MICAËLA | Iwona Socha (December 13, 15)

FRASQUITA | Paula Maciołek (December 13, 15)

MERCEDES | Ewa Menaszek (December 13, 15)

ESCAMILLO | Adam Szerszeń (December 13, 15)

REMENDADO | Jarosław Bielecki (December 13, 15)

DANCARIO | Michał Kutnik (December 13, 15)

ZUNIGA | Wołodymyr Pańkiw (December 13, 15)

MORALES | Stanisław Olejniczak (December 13, 15)

dyrygent: Adam Banaszak

In its first version Carmen was written in a form similar to a comic opera, where songs and spoken parts intertwined. This fact, according to the then custom, blocked the work’s way to the stage of Great Paris Opera and the first night had to take place in the Comic Opera. However, the audience of that place preferred light and funny musical comedies and did not appreciate the tragic ending of Bizet’s work - this is one of the reasons of a cold reception of Carmen. However the more important reason for an initial distaste of the public and critics for the opera was its innovative content. Bizet broke the unwritten tradition according to which topics of operas were to be taken from the world of myths and legends or old historical periods and life of the so called “higher spheres”. Instead of conventional heroes, often full of artificial pathos, the composer brought up living and contemporary people - soldiers, smugglers and female workers from a cigar manufactory.

As the time went by, incredible variegation of music, its vigorous temper and peculiar “Spanish” exoticism, artistry and elegance, splendor and brilliance, combined with an excellent libretto contributed to a complete triumph of the work.