»Diamonds! Spades! ... Death!« The cards Carmen is using to tell her own fortune do not augur well. She will die, followed by Don José. Briefly in love with him, she then spurns him because he’s not ready to follow her unconditionally and live as a smuggler. She then welcomes the advances of the bullfighter Escamillo.
The fateful moment when Carmen throws the cards into the air gave Es Devlin the idea for her stage design on Lake Constance. The British stage designer has created sets for pop acts like Adele, U2, Take That, the Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West. The playing cards in Kasper Holten’s production can do much more than tell fortunes: they are performing areas for soloists, choral singers, dancers, stuntmen and smugglers. Also, projections on their surface conjure up the different worlds of bullfighting, cartomancy and passionate love.
The melody that French composer Georges Bizet found for the passion of soldier Don José has become immortal, as has the song Carmen sings when she comes out of the cigarette factory where she works, her famous Habanera about the unruliness of love. Her wild dance in Lillas Pastia’s bar, the Seguidilla, the Toreador’s Song and the march into the bullfighting arena are “earworms” too all over the world.
For the Danish stage director Kasper Holten this »opera about destiny and obsession« centres on »two people who are treated as outsiders, whose paths cross and who cling to each other in a passionate but unhealthy relationship«.
Music director Paolo Carignani | Jordan de Souza
Stage director Kasper Holten
Stage designer Es Devlin
Video designer Luke Halls
Costume designer Anja Vang Kragh
Lighting designer Bruno Poet
Sound designer Gernot Gögele | Alwin Bösch
Choral director Lukáš Vasilek | Benjamin Lack
Choral director children's choir Wolfgang Schwendinger
Choreographer Signe Fabricius
Stunt choreographer Ran Arthur Braun
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt
Prices (Sunday to thursday)
Festival-Lounge: EUR 340* | Premium Ticket: EUR 240*
Category 1: EUR 135* | Category 2: EUR 125* | Category 3: EUR 108 | Category 4: EUR 85 | Category 5: EUR 65 | Category 6: EUR 50 | Category 7: EUR 30
Festival-Lounge: EUR 350* | Premium Ticket: EUR 250*
Category 1: EUR 145* | Category 2: EUR 135* | Category 3: EUR 118 | Category 4: EUR 95 | Category 5: EUR 75 | Category 6: EUR 60 | Category 7: EUR 40
Festival-Lounge: EUR 360* | Premium Ticket: EUR 260*
Category 1: EUR 155* | Category 2: EUR 145* | Category 3: EUR 128 | Category 4: EUR 105 | Category 5: EUR 85 | Category 6: EUR 70 | Category 7: EUR 50
* are valid for the semi-staged performance in the Festspielhaus and cannot be exchanged or refunded
Ticket validity if the open-air performance is cancelled or takes place indoors
Bregenz Festival policy is to proceed with open-air performances even if the weather looks inclement, and we wish to stress that performances will go ahead on the lake even in the event of light rain. We therefore recommend visitors to bring waterproof clothing, but not umbrellas, because they obscure the view. Performances on the lake stage run without an interval.
Tickets for Category 1, 2, Festival-Lounge and Premium-Tickets
Printed with the text "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung", these tickets are valid for the semi-staged version in the Festspielhaus in the event that the lake stage performance is cancelled or plays for less than 90 minutes. The tickets are not refundable. If a performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus, Category 1 seats are located in the stalls, Category 2 seats in the circle. Seats that are adjacent in the lake stage auditorium may not be next to each other in the Festspielhaus because of the different seating arrangement.
Tickets for Category 3 to 7
Printed with the text "gültig nur für die Seebühne", these tickets are valid only for the lake stage. If the performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus after playing for less than 60 minutes, ticket holders will have the ticket price refunded or alternatively can exchange the ticket for a later date.