Georges Bizet

Opéra in four acts (1875)
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Sung in French with German surtitles

19 July 2017 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne

She‘s desired by all and is an object of fascination for the soldiers on guard duty as they smoke and play cards: Carmen. The soldier Don José is ordered to detain her after a fight but she twists him around her finger. He is arrested for his weakness but is soon released. He sees the flower she threw at him as a token of her love and dreams of spending his life with her, even at the cost of losing his rank and status. He hides out with her band of smugglers, ignores Micaëla‘s words of warning, and even imagines he‘s more than a match for Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter. The latter, however, has long since captured Carmen‘s heart, making Don José mad with jealousy...

Georges Bizet‘s captivating music with its Spanish sounds took the world by storm: Carmen‘s Habanera and Seguidilla, like Escamillo‘s Toreador‘s Song, are known to one and all. The French composer‘s most successful opera will be staged at Bregenz with a set designed by British artist Es Devlin. She has designed sets for pop stars like Ad le, U2, Take That, the Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West. In collaboration with the stage director Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, she has also worked at opera houses in Helsinki and Copenhagen, at the Theater an der Wien and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

For the Danish stage director, 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 Lukás Vasilek | Benjamin Lack
Choral director children's choir Wolfgang Schwendinger
Choreographer Signe Fabricius
Stunt choreographer Ran Arthur Braun
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt


Carmen Gaëlle Arquez | Lena Belkina | Annalisa Stroppa
Don José Daniel Johansson | Martin Muehle | Arnold Rawls
Escamillo Andrew Foster-Williams | Scott Hendricks | Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla Cristina Pasaroiu | Melissa Petit | Elena Tsallagova
Frasquita Jana Baumeister | Sónia Grané
Mercédès Marion Lebègue | Judita Nagyova
Zuniga Yasushi Hirano | Sébastien Soulès
Moralès Rafael Fingerlos | Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
Remendado István Horváth | Simeon Esper
Dancaïro Adrian Clarke | Dariusz Perczak

Stuntmen - Wired Aerial Theatre | Dancers | Extras
Bregenz Festival Chorus
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Children's choir of Musikmittelschule Bregenz-Stadt
Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Specific cast by date.

Prices - Seating Map


Sitzplan See 17


Festival-Lounge: EUR 325* | Premium Ticket: EUR 230*
Category 1: EUR 130* | Category 2: EUR 120* | Category 3: EUR 105 | Category 4: EUR 85 | Category 5: EUR 65 | Category 6: EUR 50 | Category 7: EUR 30


Festival-Lounge: EUR 335* | Premium Ticket: EUR 240*
Category 1: EUR 140* | Category 2: EUR 130* | Category 3: EUR 115 | Category 4: EUR 95 | Category 5: EUR 75 | ​Category 6: EUR 60 | Category 7: EUR 40


Festival-Lounge: EUR 345* | Premium Ticket: EUR 250*
Category 1: EUR 150* | Category 2: EUR 140* | Category 3: EUR 125 | Category 4: EUR 105 | Category 5: EUR 85 | ​Category 6: EUR 70 | Category 7: EUR 50

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.

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