• Date: 24 , 27 , 29 and 30 May, 8 p.m.
    1 , 3 and 5 June, 8 p.m.
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

Freedom, desire and blood in Seville

Carmen, Don José, the bullfighter Escamillo… For the first time since 1992, the triangle of love, passion and blood returns. This is a story which highlights the eternal battle between Liberty and Power: Carmen, a gypsy girl and free thinker and Don José, a jealous and possessive army corporal who tries imposing his masculinity to strangle a woman’s independence.

Carmen rebels against restrictions; she belongs to no-one. From the first chords she is plagued by death. In a “tour de force” of sensual and dramatic arias and melodies, Bizet reveals burning meridional passions inspired by the novel of Mérimée to create the most international and archetypal of “Spanish”operas.

With the return of the independent cigarette girl, the enormous stage experience of Emilio Sagi debuts his first opera in the Maestranza. The musical director is a woman. Acclaimed as a “charismatic, brilliant, energetic” (Herald Tribune) conductor, Estonian Anu Tali will lead the two casts and seven performances.

Sevilla is Carmen and the Teatro de la Maestranza was in debt with Sevilla. Now, the grand Carmen has arrived.

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Premiere at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on March 3, 1875.

  • Musical director: Anu Tali
  • Stage producer: Emilio Sagi
  • Set design: Daniel Bianco
  • Lighting design: Eduardo Bravo


Producción, Teatro de la Maestranza en coproducción con el Teatro dell’Opera de Roma

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla 

Coro de la A.A. del Teatro de la Maestranza 
Director, Íñigo Sampil

Escolanía de Los Palacios 



Fotografía, Luciano Romano

  • Carmen: Ketevan Kemoklidze, Sandra Ferrández*
  • Don José: Sébastien Guèze, Antonio Corianò*
  • Micaela: María José Moreno,Raquel Lojendio*
  • Escamillo: Simón Orfila, Jean-Kristof Bouton*
  • Frasquita: Laura Brasó
  • Mercedes: Anna Gomà
  • Zúñiga: Felipe Bou
  • Morales: César Méndez Silvagnoli
  • Dancaire: Manel Esteve
  • El Remendado: Moisés Marín
  • Performances May 29, June 3: *