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

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Music by George Bizet | Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sung in French with English supertitles

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Great opera for beginners!

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.

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Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M, R*
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A turbulent love affair between a cigar factory worker and a soldier ultimately results in 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
Associate & Movement Director Denni Sayers
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.

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