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Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac
Premiered March 3, 1875, Opéra-Comique (Paris, France)

We conclude Opera Colorado’s grandest season to date with Bizet’s smoldering drama, Carmen, filled with some of opera’s most iconic melodies—including Carmen’s “Habanera” and the rousing Toreador song. Not a soul can resist Carmen’s seductive charm, not even the naïve Don Jose. But when she leaves him for a charismatic bullfighter, Don Jose’s infatuation turns obsessive. What fate, or choice, waits for the woman no man can tame?

May 7, 10, 13, 15, 19, 21 | 2022
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in French, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat

Want to peek behind the scenes with our cast or become a Carmen expert? Check out all our Carmen content on the Opera Colorado Blog>> 

Estimated Length: 3 hours, and 15 minutes, including 2 twenty minute intermissions

*Join us one hour prior to each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House of a free and insightful pre-performance discussion led by opera historian Betsy Schwarm.

Scenery courtesy of Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Costumes courtesy of Seattle Opera


Kate Aldrich

Carmen | Bio

Bruce Sledge

Don Jose | Bio

Susannah Biller

Micaëla | Bio

Nmon Ford

Escamillo | Bio

Creative Team

Headshot of Ari Pelto

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio

Keturah Stickann

Director | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Bizet’s Carmen

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