The sexy thriller that seduces the audience with every note.

Carmen can have any man she wants, and discards them as easily as she does the cigarettes she makes. When she seduces the proud young soldier Don José, only to cast him aside for the handsome bullfighter, jealousy ignites. José is pushed to the brink. Carmen’s tragic fate has been sealed.

Considered the most popular opera of all time, Carmen is brimming with very recognizable music including Carmen’s smoky Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song, and the rousing Toreador Song.

Saturday, March 28
Tuesday, March 31
Friday, April 3


Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sung in French with French dialogue; projected English translations.
(Based on the story of the same name by French novelist Prosper Mérimée.)

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Upcoming Events

Carmen in the Era of #MeToo

Join Professor Arthur Schafer for a conversation about performing “classic” operas and plays such as Carmen and The Merchant of Venice in a 21st century world with very different attitudes towards sexism and racism. Arthur Schafer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba and Founding Director of the University’s Centre for Professional and

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Film Screening: Carmen Jones

The story of the beautiful and independent Carmen and the Spanish cavalry officer Don José is translated into a modern-day story about a parachute factory worker and a pilot, and set in America in the mid 20th Century. Groundbreaking at its release for its use of an all-black cast, this 1954 operatic film stars Dorothy

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Understanding the Music: Carmen

This presentation will examine Carmen as representative of broader trends in Nineteenth-Century music and culture. Dr. James Maiello, Associate Professor of Musicology, Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba will address musical and dramatic conventions in Nineteenth-Century opera, as well as issues of exoticism and gender as they relate to the work and its reception.

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Opera Primer: Carmen

Music expert Don Anderson will give an hour-long presentation focusing on the composer and synopsis, with DVD excerpts. There is no charge for this event, and tickets will not be printed. Registered patrons will be on an attendance list. Please do not select "Mail Me My Tickets". To register: Online: Click here to register online.

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Carmen Nora Sourouzian

Don José David Pomeroy

Micaëla Lida Szkwarek

Conductor Tyrone Paterson

Director Brian Deedrick