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Opera

Carmen
Georges Bizet
Nathalie Stutzmann, Dmitri Tcherniakov

Presentation
Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!

Carmen could hardly be any clearer: if she sets her sights on you, you better watch out. But when Don José falls under her spell, she too had better watch out: in the arena of human passion, toxic jealousy can strike ferociously … 

Georges Bizet’s opéra comique was met with incomprehension when it premiered in 1875, but grew into a classic whose melodies – and clichés – became entrenched in the collective imagination. In this production, however, you can forget the Bohemian girl, the tobacco factory, Seville and its street festivals! Director Dmitri Tcherniakov (The Tale of Tsar Saltan) places the Carmen myth in an original frame narrative, staging the opera as a therapeutic experiment for emotionally exhausted people today. A seemingly simple role play soon deteriorates into an uncontrollable mechanism, in which a man consumed by passion can no longer separate himself from his character. Nathalie Stutzmann, who made a remarkable La Monnaie debut with Pikovaya Dama in 2022, will lead the orchestra through the score with at least as much passion. 

Are you under 30? Then attend this opera on the Young Opera Night (14.6.2025) and we treat you to a personal welcome, a free drink, a free programme book and an after-event.

Dates & tickets

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Location

La Monnaie

Prices

Start ticket sale 29.4.2025

Dynamic ticket prices
Starting from € 12 to € 170
-30 years: € 10 / 25 / 50
-15 years: € 10 / 25 (only via MM Tickets)

Language

Sung in French
Surtitles in Dutch and French

Presentation

Introductions in Dutch and French 45' before each performance

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Gallery

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Dates & tickets

Dates

Cast
Cast

Opéra-comique en quatre actes
Livret d’Henry Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy
d’après la nouvelle de Prosper Mérimée
World premiere Opéra Comique, Paris, 3.3.1875

Dialogues adapted by Dmitri Tcherniakov

ConductorNATHALIE STUTZMANN Director and set designDMITRI TCHERNIAKOV CostumesELENA ZAITSEVA LightingGLEB FILSHTINSKYChorusmasterEMMANUEL TRENQUE

CarmenÈVE-MAUD HUBEAUX
STÉPHANIE D’OUSTRAC (5, 7, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25.6)

Don JoséMICHAEL FABIANO 
ATTILIO GLASER (5, 7, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25.6)

MicaëlaANNE-CATHERINE GILLET
EscamilloEDWIN CROSSLEY-MERCER
ZunigaCHRISTIAN HELMER
MoralèsPIERRE DOYEN
FrasquitaLOUISE FOOR (MM Laureate)
MercédèsCLAIRE PÉRON
Le DancaïreGUILLAUME ANDRIEUX
Le RemendadoENGUERRAND DE HYS
L’AdministrateurPIERRE GRAMMONT

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choruses
Children's and Youth Choir of La Monnaie led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionFESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE (2017)
Co-productionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG
PHILADELPHIA OPERA

 

In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of Taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter