Music by Georges Bizet


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She swore to live free and die free. He made sure she got her wish.


Meet the hottest woman in all of Seville—a free spirit who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it. But what happens when the attention she attracts turns obsessive? Find out in this pulse-pounding, picturesque production.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sung in French with English supertitles

See a Performance

Great First Opera!

Great availability in Dress Circle on Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 11.
Limited seats available for June 14 and 23. Please call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 47 minutes including one intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of independent women like Beyonce and Rihanna, free spirits, breaking the rules and catchy tunes.

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Wednesday 06/05/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Tuesday 06/11/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets
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Thursday 06/20/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Sunday 06/23/19 2:00PM * Buy Tickets
Wednesday 06/26/19 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Saturday 06/29/19 7:30PM Buy Tickets

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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

Enjoy Exploration Workshops for Families prior to select performances.

The Buzz


“J’Nai Bridges gave a glowing, searing performance.”
The New York Times

 “Francesca Zambello’s picaresque production unfolds clearly, moves briskly and never flags.”
Herald Sun

“Mr. Polenzani had it all: refinement, sweep, passion and power.”
The New York Times


A turbulent love affair between a cigar factory worker and a soldier ultimately ends with the pair's doom.


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Cast and Creative

Carmen J'Nai Bridges
Don José Matthew Polenzani
Micaëla Anita Hartig *
Escamillo Kyle Ketelsen
Zuniga David Leigh *
El Dancairo Christopher Oglesby*
El Remendado Zhengyi Bai*
Moralès SeokJong Baek*
Frasquita Natalie Image*
Mercédès Ashley Dixon


June 5, 11, 14, 20, 23, 26, 29, 2019

Conductor James Gaffigan *
Conductor Michelle Merrill *1
Production Francesca Zambello
Associate Stage Director & Movement Director Denni Sayers
Production Designer Tanya McCallin
Original Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Revival Lighting Designer Justin A. Partier
Fight Director Dave Maier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

1  June 20

A San Francisco Opera production, originally created by Opera Australia based on the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Norwegian National Opera co-production.


Previous performances of Carmen can be found in our Archive.


Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Carmen

Explore Georges Bizet’s famous opera by learning about the story, music, production design and characters and explore the history which inspires this new production.



Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund; Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and United Airlines.


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