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Carmen the Opera

July 1 - July 11

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Carmen the Opera
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Carmen the Opera


The season continues with the most popular opera of all time, Georges Bizet’s  Carmen. Opera’s quintessential  femme fatale,  Carmen shows us she’s that and so much more—a fearless, flirtatious force of nature who refuses to answer to anyone but herself. Her confidence attracts the attention of Don José, whose passion turns to obsession, then spirals into madness. When José threatens Carmen with death should she refuse him, she chooses freedom overall. Featuring some of opera’s best-known melodies, from the sultry “Habanera” to the rousing “Toreador Song,” Carmen  is an ageless ode to one woman’s fierce independence.


Perhaps the most popular opera of all time, Carmen is an ageless ode to one woman’s fierce independence featuring some of opera’s best-known melodies, from the sultry “Habanera” to the rousing “Toreador Song.”


The new-to-Cincinnati production is designed by R. Keith Brumley for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, with lighting design by Thomas C. Hase and wig and make-up design by James Geier. Music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, Sung in French with projected translation.


Plans for the 2021 Summer Festival include three operas that were originally scheduled to be presented in 2020—the world premieres of  Castor and Patience  and  Fierce, as well as  The Barber of Seville—plus the return of two all-time favorite operas,  Carmen  and  Tosca. Performances are currently slated to take place at Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and to feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).


Carmen the Opera Days and Time:

Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.

Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium


As one of the oldest opera companies in American, Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences.

For more information, ticket information, and program updates, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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