National Theatre Brno

Carmen | Opera on Špilberk - summer stage of the NdB 2021

Freedom in love or death.


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7:00 PM



150 - 600 CZK



Because of his foolish passion for a wild gypsy girl, he deserted from the army and became a smuggler, a brigand and eventually a multiple murderer… Then in prison he related his tale to Don José, the main character of the novella by the French writer Prosper Merimée. And it was this slender book which became the basis for one of the most famous operas, which brought its author, the French composer Georges Bizet, worldwide renown, even though the vast majority of his work has long faded into obscurity. Bizet was immediately attracted by Merimée’s story: he loved the exotic themes, and even though he himself had never been in Spain, he was carried away by the atmosphere of the drama. In spite of the rich melodic inventiveness and excellent musical portrayal of the characters and setting, the premiere at Paris’s Comic Opera received an extremely restrained reception from the public and shortly afterwards the thirty-six-year-old composer died suddenly. Its real triumph did not come about until it was performed at Vienna’s Court Opera in October 1875, which put Carmen into the repertoire of all the major international opera houses.


Carmen: Jana Hrochová, Václava Krejčí Housková, Atala Schöck, Jolana Fogašová j. h.
Don José: Alexandru Badea, Luciano Mastro j. h., Peter Berger j. h., Mickael Spadaccini j. h.
Micaëla: Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Daniela Straková-Šedrlová
Escamillo: Jakub Kettner j. h., Svatopluk Sem j. h., Jiří Sulženko, Miloš Horák, Roman Hoza
Zuniga: David Nykl, Tomáš Šelc
Mercédés: Lenka Laurinčík Schallenberger j. h., Jitka Klečanská
Fransquita: Martina Mádlová, Andrea Široká
Le Remendado: Zoltán Korda, Petr Levíček
Le Dancaïre: Igor Loškár, Jakub Tolaš j. h.
Morales: Jiří Brückler j. h., Igor Loškár

Length 180 minutes
Georges Bizet
Ondrej Olos
Robert Kružík
Stage director
Tomáš Pilař

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