Composed by Georges Bizet

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy


Seville, Spain: Carmen is a factory worker, free spirit, and the toast of the town. She is brave, beautiful, and independent. She does what she wants. She falls in and out of love. Then, her obsessed ex violently and tragically rejects her choice to move on.

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3 hours with 1 intermission
French with English captions
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Content Warning
This production includes adult content—graphic violence and domestic violence, gun use and simulated gun shots, smoking, and murder.

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Production Information

With melodic gems like the Habanera and the Toreador Song, Carmen is a cultural touchstone. 

This new production is Carmen like you've never experienced it: with original stage direction by Denyce Graves, one of the most beloved and celebrated Carmens of all time. This timeless and refreshing production of Bizet’s iconic masterpiece was co-created by The Glimmerglass Festival and Minnesota Opera, and is directed and choreographed by Eric Sean Fogel

Carmen is sung in French with live English captions. This production features the Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Tickets start at $35. In addition to the ticketed performances at Keller Auditorium, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen for $50. Check back soon for more information about our digital programming release date. 

Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.


Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance (whether virtual or in person) includes live English captions projected above the stage, or streamed virtually on the screen.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performance will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage.

Learn more about accessibility at the Keller Auditorium here. If you require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please call us to purchase tickets so that we can ensure your visit to the theatre is an excellent one.

Community sponsors

Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of our generous donors, The Collins Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund, special support from The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, and The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.