"Libre elle est née, et libre elle morral!"
(She was born free and will die free)


The Barber of Seville

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8 pm
Tuesday, April 20 at 7 pm
Friday, April 23 at 8 pm

Download the Carmen program here

Warning: This production includes gun shots, theatrical fog and haze, and cigarette smoke (non-tobacco).

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Directed by Rob Herriot
Conducted by Tyrone Paterson

Opera's favourite bad girl is back in town and sparks will fly.

A sensational story filled with seduction, jealousy, and deceit.

This passionate, tragic tale features one of opera’s most intriguing characters, the sensuous cigarette girl who tempts fate when she spurns her lover for a celebrated matador.

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Pre-show Chats

Informative 15-minute talks occur a half-hour before curtain and will enhance your enjoyment of the opera. Free of charge.

Carmen Open House

Sunday, April 18, 2010 12 noon to 4 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Free Admission
Take a guided tour behind the scenes at Manitoba Opera and discover how opera is brought to life. For more information or to make a tour reservation, please contact Livia at 944-8929 or email mbopera@manitobaopera.mb.ca

The Story


The soldier Don José falls in love with Carmen, the Gypsy temptress, and allows her to escape as he takes her to prison. In order to be with her, José deserts his regiment, his sweetheart, and even his dying mother and joins her band of smugglers. As his life crumbles, Carmen begins to tire of him and her wandering glance turns to the swaggering bullfighter. Her fate is sealed when José, wracked with jealousy, realizes she will never be his.


The Music


Bizet's music pulsates with the spirit of Spain and features many opera favourites including the famous "Habanera," the sensuous rhythms of the "Seguidilla," and the rousing Toreador Song.


  • Carmen's Habanera,
  • "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
  • Escamillo's Toreador Song
  • Don José's Flower Song,
  • "La fleur que tu m’avais jeté"
  • Micaëla's aria



By Robert Vineberg, Manitoba Opera Board of Trustees  

A Young Talent Cut Short

Georges Bizet, like Mozart, was one of many brilliant composers who died young. Indeed, Bizet died of a heart attack, on June 3, 1875, just three months to the day after the première of Carmen at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He was 36, the same age as Mozart at his death. (more...)

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