Saturday 08. Apr. 2017, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm | Großes Haus
“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – “Love is a wild bird”: in her famous Habanera, Carmen sings about the fickleness of this strongest of feelings. Thus, she wins the heart of Sergeant Don José. Torn between his passion and his duties as a member of the military, he decides in Carmen’s favour and follows her to the mountains, where they live with a band of smugglers. When the bullfighter Escamillo turns up, however, Carmen’s feelings prove to be just as fickle as described in her own Habanera. She leaves Don José, who is thrown into a jealous rage – with deadly consequences.
The encounter with Carmen also decided Georges Bizet’s fate: based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée, its first performance at the Opéra comique in Paris in 1875 fell through. Only a few months later, however, a performance in Vienna marked the beginning of its triumph on opera stages around the globe. Georges Bizet, however, did not live to witness the only world success of one of his works: debilitated, he had died shortly after its world premiere at the age of 36.
Director: Jens-Daniel Herzog
Set and Costume Designer: Mathis Neidhardt
Lighting Designer: Stefan Bolliger
Dramaturgy: Hans-Peter Frings, Kerstin Schüssler-Bach
In French with German surtitles
Supported by the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera
Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 7,00 EUR to 119,00 EUR