Music by Georges Bizet


Men live for her. She lives for freedom.

Seville is a powder keg about to explode: A swirling chorus of factory workers and townsfolk come head to head. A fiery bullfighter entertains a lively crowd. A good soldier wavers between defiance and honor. At the center of it all is Carmen, a free-spirited seductress who is driven by her heart's desire.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sung in French with English supertitles

See a Performance

Great first opera!

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of independent women like Beyonce and Rihanna, free spirits, breaking the rules and catchy tunes.

Found in series

Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M, R*
Half Series: C, F*, H, L, O, T*, X*
Out of Town Series: OT6, OT7, OT8
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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

Enjoy Exploration Workshops for Families prior to select performances.

The Buzz


“J’Nai Bridges gave a glowing, searing performance.”
The New York Times

 “Francesca Zambello’s picaresque production unfolds clearly, moves briskly and never flags.”
Herald Sun

“Mr. Polenzani had it all: refinement, sweep, passion and power.”
The New York Times


A turbulent love affair between a cigar factory worker and a soldier ultimately ends with the pair's doom.


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Cast and Creative

Carmen J'Nai Bridges
Don José Matthew Polenzani
Micaëla Anita Hartig *
Escamillo Kyle Ketelsen


June 5, 11, 14, 20, 23, 26, 29, 2019

Conductor James Gaffigan
Production Francesca Zambello
Movement Director Denni Sayers
Production Designer Tanya McCallin
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera production, originally created by Opera Australia based on the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Norwegian National Opera co-production.


Previous performances of Carmen can be found in our Archive.


Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Carmen

Explore Georges Bizet’s famous opera by learning about the story, music, production design and characters and explore the history which inspires this new production.



Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund; Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and United Airlines.


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Photo (top): Royal Opera House production of Carmen/Catherine Ashmore.