Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
Opera in three acts
Sung in French, with German surtitles
Libretto: Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella (1845) by Prosper Mérimée
Premiere: 1875 in Paris
We, 18.09.2019
Grosses Haus19:30
"Carmen" is still one of the most popular operas today, although the audience at its 1875 premiere initially reacted in shock. After all, Bizet elevated underprivileged, ordinary people - the fatally seductive gypsy Carmen and the deserting solider Don José - to the stars of the opera. Nevertheless, the opera began its triumphant march into the music history books, and over 140 years later, the work continues to fascinate audiences with its exotic world of smugglers, bullfighters, smoking and quarrelling factory workers, policemen, children and soldiers. Uwe Eric Laufenberg stages Georges Bizet's famous drama about love, passion and death with Lena Belkina in the title role, as well as Sébastien Guèze and Aaron Cawley as Don José. GMD Patrick Lange conducts the Hessian State Orchestra of Wiesbaden.


Conductor GMD Patrick Lange
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Design Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Design Antje Sternberg
Lighting Design Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Youth Chorus Jörg Endebrock
Choreography Consultant Myriam Lifka
Dramaturgy Laura Weber
Carmen Lena Belkina
Don José Sébastien Guèze
Escamillo Christopher Bolduc
Le Remendado Ralf Rachbauer
Zuniga Philipp Mayer
Le Dancaïre Julian Habermann
Moralès Daniel Carison
Micaëla Sumi Hwang
Frasquita Stella An
Mercédès Silvia Hauer
Lillas Pastia Thomas Braun
Chor, Extrachor & Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Jugendkantorei der Ev. Singakademie Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden