Bizet: Carmen

B’Rock Orchestra / Chœur de Chambre de Namur / René Jacobs

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Gaëlle Arquez
Gaëlle Arquez © Julien Benhamou
René Jacobs
René Jacobs © Philippe Matsas

A bullfight and burning passion

Free and untamed is how the heroine of Bizet’s world-famous opera »Carmen« wants to live her life – and she would rather perish than submit to a man’s will. And at the end Carmen does indeed die to the sounds of what may be the most passionate opera music ever written. After countless highlights in the Baroque repertoire, masterful Mozart interpretations and excursions into the world of German Romanticism, conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra venture into the heated bullfighting atmosphere of this piece, which premiered in 1875 2 in a very special version.

»Carmen« is performed in a version that Bizet originally intended before the director of the Opéra comique urged him to make far-reaching changes. The original manuscripts of the original version have now been analysed and used as a basis to reconstruct a »Carmen« that has never been heard before.

Gaëlle Arquez as an experienced Carmen and Sabine Devieilhe as her rival Micaëla sparkle as the two female leads, creating an explosive, passionate mixture together with the baritone Thomas Dolié as toreador Escamillo and tenor François Rougier as the man obsessed with Carmen, Don José. In this concert performance version, too, »Carmen« promises to set the auditorium on fire.


B’Rock Orchestra vzw

Chœur de Chambre de Namur

Kinderchor der Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

Gaëlle Arquez Carmen

François Rougier Don José

Thomas Dolié Escamillo

Sabine Devieilhe Micaëla

Margot Genet Frasquita

Séraphine Cotrez Mercédès

Grégoire Mour Remendado

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro Dancaïre

Yoann Dubruque Moralès

Frédéric Caton Zuniga

director René Jacobs


Georges Bizet
Carmen / opéra-comique in four acts

Concert performance in French with German surtitles

Estimated end time

approx. 22:30


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Georges Bizet: Carmen
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Video on demand from 21 Apr 2024 : Georges Bizet: Carmen

Great emotions and famous catchy tunes: Georges Bizet’s opera hit »Carmen« in the Grand Hall – in its original version from 1874.

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