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From 19 to 26 June 2021


Georges Bizet /


Opéra-comique in four acts

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after a tale by Prosper Mérimée



Conductor | Dan Ettinger

Master of the Chorus | Gea Garatti Ansini

Master of the Children Chorus | Stefania Rinaldi

Stage director| Daniele Finzi Pasca

Set design | Hugo Gargiulo

Costume design | Giovanna Buzzi



Carmen | Elīna Garanča*

Don José | Jean-François Borras

Escamillo | Alexander Vinogradov

Moralès | Daniele Terenzi

Zuniga | Gabriele Sagona

Micaëla | Selene Zanetti

Mercédès | Aurora Faggioli

Frasquita | Mariam Battistelli

Dancairo | Michele Patti

Remendado | Filippo Adami


*debut at Teatro di San Carlo


Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of Teatro di San Carlo

with the participation of the Children Chorus of Teatro di San Carlo

Production of Teatro di San Carlo


June 2021


Sunday 20 June, h 19.00 – Fee III

Wednesday 23 June, h 18.00 – Fee IV

Saturday 26 June, h 19.00 – Fee III




Performances out of Subscription


Language: Sung in French with Italian and English surtitles
Running time: about 3 hours and 15 Minutes, including one interval


If we look at the lively etching from the 1875 first edition of Carmen's music score, we can see all the components of the exoticism that triggered the Spanish fashion in Paris: the matador and his picadors, the gypsy and her friends, gendarmes, women and folks wearing flamenco clothes by the Moorish gate in the Arab quarter of Seville. Nietzsche picked this opera to represent the cheerful music of the Mediterranean in contrast to Wagner's brumes. However, the titillating story of a gypsy, who would rather be killed than give up her self-determination as a free woman, and of a soldier, who falls prey to total decay, denying the salvific power of true love, did not appeal to the middle class audience of the Opéra Comique in Paris. They were used to polite family oriented shows. As it happens the greatness of this score, one of the most reproduced and beloved, resides in the embracement of a timeless tragedy that allows space for theatrical interpretations and leaves intact, at the same time, the powerful expression of its singing.

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TICKETS (rates in euro)                
  Fee III Fee IV
  full price reduced fee -10%* reduced fee -15%** Under30/ Over65*** full price reduced fee -10%* reduced fee -15%** Under30/ Over65***
Top Orchestra Stalls GOLD 150 135 128   130 117 111  
Top Orchestra Stalls  130 117 111   110 99 94  
Orchestra Stalls GOLD 130 117 111 30 110 99 94 30
Orchestra Stalls 110 99 94   100 90 85  
I, II tier central boxes parapet 100 90 85   90 81 77  
I, II tier central boxes behind 90 81 77   80 72 68  
Royal Box 400 360 340 25 400 360 340 25
I, II tier side boxes parapet 100 90 85 25 90 81 77 25
I, II tier side boxes behind 80 72 68   70 63 60  
III, IV tier central boxes parapet 70 63 60   60 54 51  
III, IV tier central boxes behind 65 59 55 25 50 45 43 25
III, IV tier side boxes parapet 60 54 51 25 50 45 43 25
III, IV tier side boxes behind 50 45 43   40 36 34  
V, VI tier balconies 40 36 34   35 32 30  
Listening only seats 20       20      
*CRAL, Universities and Groups between 10 and 20 members  
** Groups of more than 20 people                
***Orchestra Stalls - back rows only  



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