Opéra comique in four acts by Georges Bizet

Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after the novella by Prosper Mérimée

Premiere 03.02.2024

  • 3 hours with break
  • Interesting for people from 14+
  • En français, mit deutschen Übertiteln, with English surtitles

Repertoire classic as energetic revue

Seductive, independent, radical: Carmen is a product of overlapping myths. Sometimes she appears as a strong woman, sometimes as a projection screen for male fantasies of exoticism or as a clichéd image of the femme fatale. The Argentinean choreographer Constanza Macras is known for her political and humorous dance theatre that transcends genre boundaries. For her first production of an opera classic, she takes on the myth of Carmen and brings out the revue side of Bizet's masterpiece. The award-winning conductor Maxime Pascal is appearing at Theater Basel for the first time.

Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to a first exclusive insight. In an introduction you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the play, the material and the production. Afterwards you will visit a stage rehearsal.

  • Meeting point Foyer
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Usually in German
  • CHF 10.-
  • Date: 30 January 2024

For selected opera performances there are now two exclusive seats in the orchestra pit. Observe the interplay between conductor and musicians and experience the orchestral sound at close quarters.

Book online

Together with the dramaturgy, the Basel Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has been curating the book table for our plays for many years. Now this selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues or even sheet music can be accessed at any time in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

With the kind support of the Theaterverein Basel and Theater Basel's medical partner, the Kantonsspital Baselland