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Seville, 1820.  A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms - whatever her fate may be. From its scandalous 1875 premiere in Paris to its current position as one of the most popular operas in the world, Carmen has enthralled generation after generation. 

Bizet's masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, dance, and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed. 

Come experience this most vivid of operas, performed by a dynamic young cast.


Aleks Romano*
Don José
Sean Panikkar
Cecilia Violetta López
Corey Crider


Thomas Forde

Learn more about our cast!

* Madison Opera debut



Conductor: John DeMain
Director:  E. Loren Meeker*

Sung in French with projected English translations

Production Dates:
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 8pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 2:30pm
Overture Hall

Performances last approx. 3 hours; including 1 intermission

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Charitable Foundation

Marvin Levy


 Artist underwriting
provided by
E. David Cronon Trust