a bold “Carmen” at the Theatre Royal


Between days 11 October 18 November Theater Royal offer 18 functions Carmen from Georges Bizet (1838-1875), with three different distributions, in the successful production directed by calixto Bieito what, since its premiere in 1999, at the Peralada Festival ─ which co-produced the opera with Opera Zuid Maastricht─, It has been presented in more than 30 theaters in Europe and America and offered in Spain at the San Lorenzo del Escorial Auditorium (2009), Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (2010 Y 2015) and the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao (2014).

In addition to this tour of the opera houses (which will continue after the Royal Theater), the quality of the production is endorsed by the awards it has received, as the Campoamor Award, in Oviedo, in 2011, or Franco Abbiati, in Italy, in 2012.

For the spectacular roaming of production, has contributed, in addition to quality, originality and strength of Calixto Bieito's stage direction, the simple and effective scenography of Alfons Flores.

Along the 18 years, the set initially conceived for Peralada and Maastricht was adapted to the characteristics of each theater and, most unusual case, it was multiplying: several theaters have decided to rebuild the set of Carmen, as the Gran Teatro del Liceu, the Opera San Francisco (who then sold it to the Boston Opera), the English National Opera (in co-production with Oslo Opera House), he Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater of Bogotá (whose stored decor was recently destroyed by fire), and finally, the Paris Opera, who did the scenography for the Bastille Theater last summer and who, by its proportions, is the one that best adapts to the stage of the Royal Theater.

In his dramaturgical proposal for Carmen, calixto Bieito moves the opera away from the picturesque focus and moves its plot to Ceuta over the years 70, border area conducive to the universe of smuggling and marginalization, in which the situation of the protagonists is presented with a tear, referring to the confusion caused by the premiere of the play in Paris, in 1875, when the public rejected his naturalistic drama.

Georges Bizet, deeply disappointed in the poor reception of his opera, tired and sick, would die three months later, with scarcely 36 years, without intuiting that his Carmen, precursor of Italian verism, would become one of the most performed operas in the world.

Following in the wake of Federico García Lorca, that asked the actors to show ‘the bones and blood of their characters’, Bieito demands a visceral interpretation of the singers and the choir, in which seduction, the passion, sex, the abuse, humiliation, the male chauvinism, jealousy and unreason reach the viewer with emotional violence and a frenetic pace, empowered by life to the limit in that hyperbolic underworld, not without a haunting poetry, reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino O Martin Scorsese.

At the Teatro Real, three casts by renowned singer-actors will give life to Bizet's opera, led by mezzo-sopranos anna Goryachova, Stephanie d'Oustrac Y Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen), tenors Francesco Meli, Andrea Carè Y Leonardo Caimi (Mr Jose), las sopranos Eleonora Buratto Y Olga Busuioc (Micaëla) and the baritones-bass Kyle Ketelsen Y Vito Priante (Escamillo) what, with the rest of the cast and the Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, will perform under the musical direction of Marc Piollet, great expert in the nineteenth-century French repertoire.

The different readings and interpretations that arise from Bizet's fabulous score and its ability to provoke emotions make Carmen a work always alive and universal.


  1. Peralada Festival, 1999 (premiere)
  2. Opera South, Maastricht, 2000
  3. Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 2002
  4. Flanders Opera, Antwerp, 2004
  5. Flanders Opera, Ghent, 2004
  6. Opera South, Maastricht, 2007
  7. Parquet Theater Eindoven, 2007
  8. Theater on the Parade, the Bosch, 2007
  9. Lucent Danstheater, Hague, 2007
  10. Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, 2007
  11. Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, 2007
  12. Theater, Tilburg, 2007
  13. Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen, 2007
  14. Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, 2007
  15. Theater at the Vrijthof, Maastricht, 2007
  16. Chassé Theater, Breda, 2007
  17. Auditorium of San Lorenzo del Escorial, 2009
  18. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2010
  19. Theater Basel, Basel, 2012
  20. Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogotá, 2012
  21. Regio Theater, Torino, 2012
  22. English National Opera, London, 2012
  23. La Fenice Theater, Venice, 2013
  24. Euskalduna, Bilbao, 2014
  25. English National Opera, London, 2015
  26. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2015
  27. The Norwegian Opera, Oslo, 2015
  28. Massimo Theater, Palermo, 2016
  29. National Theater of São Carlos, Lisboa, 2016
  30. Boston Lyric Opera, 2016
  31. San Francisco Opera, 2016
  32. La Fenice Theater, Venice, 2017
  33. The Norwegian Opera, Oslo, 2017
  34. Opera National de Paris, 2017


15 October, to 12.00 and to the 17.00 hours | Teatro Real, sala Gayarre

family workshop Everyone to the Gayarre!: "Love is a rebellious bird".

Directed by Fernando Palacios, with the participation of Pilar Vázquez (mezzo soprano) and Elisa Rapado (piano).

16 October, to 19.00 hours | Teatro Real, sala Gayarre

Discussion around Carmen with Carmen Iglesias, Serafin Fanjul, Enriqueta Vila Vilar and Juan Pablo Fusi.

Collaboration with the Real Academia de la Historia

17 October, to 19.00 hours | National Museum of Romanticism

Conference around Carmen

21 October, to 11.00 hours | French institute

creative workshop around production.

Carmen: To imagine, create drawing… like a true artist.

In French (all levels) for children 4 a 8 years

22 October, to 12.00 hours | Teatro Real, living room

Chamber Sundays

Works by Darius Millaud, Maurice Ravel, Ernest Chausson and Claude Debussy

Soloists of the Titular Orchestra of the Teatro Real

27 October, to 18.00 hours | Spanish Film Library, Living room 2

Film Series: Teatro Real: Opera night

Carmen (Spain, 1983). Directed by Carlos Saura. Interpretation: Antonio Gades and Laura del Sol.