• March 2020
  • Dublin

Carmen

Opera’s great, independent, sexual woman, the gypsy Carmen. Her friends and enemies from a cigarette factory. Her lovers, high and low. A naive corporal and the good girl from home. A handsome bullfighter. Smugglers. Jealousy, and a fatal struggle. Carmen, the most popular French opera, with some of the most alluring arias ever, has it all.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

An upright soldier. On duty far from home. The femme fatale from the wrong side of the tracks. Love at first sight. A walk on the wild side. Criminality, a handsome rival, and a breaking point that leads to tragedy in the scorching Spanish sun. The colourful arias and choruses of Bizet’s Carmen tell it all with irresistible, unforgettable musical panache.

“a masterpiece in the full meaning of the word” - Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“here at last for a change is someone with ideas, thank god!” - Composer Richard Wagner
“Bizet’s music seems to me perfect. It comes forward lightly, gracefully, stylishly. It is lovable, it does not sweat.” - Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
“her agile performance left nothing to be desired. She presented an exceptional theatrical interpretation of Carmen” - Maintal Tagesanzeiger on Paula Murrihy
“simply extraordinary in range, depth, and texture.” - The Arts Review on Celine Byrne

CO-PRODUCTION WITH OPERA PHILADELPHIA AND SEATTLE OPERA

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BORD GÁIS ENERGY THEATRE AND RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA

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Cast & Creatives

Cast

Carmen Paula Murrihy
Don José Dinyar Vania
Escamillo Milan Siljanov
Micaëla Celine Byrne
Zuniga Alan Ewing
Moralès Gyula Nagy
Frasquita Rachel Croash
Merceédès Niamh O'Sullivan
Remendado Eamonn Mulhall
Dancaïre Brendan Collins

Creative Team

Conductor Kenneth Montgomery
Director Paul Curran
Set & Costume Designer Gary McCann
Lighting Designer Paul Hackenmueller
Irish National Opera Chorus
RTÉ Concert Orchestra