March 1, 2022
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Pittsburgh Opera presents the irresistible Carmen, March 26 – April 3 at the Benedum Center


Production photo of the opera Carmen, taken by Cory Weaver

Photo by Cory Weaver

Pittsburgh Opera was in the middle of rehearsals for its planned March 2020 performances of Carmen when the COVID pandemic struck, forcing it to cancel. Now two years later Carmen will be making its long-awaited return to the Benedum Center.

Set in 1830 Seville, Spain, Carmen is a roller-coaster of lust, deception, and murder. Fiery Carmen, who lives her life to the fullest, can have any man she wants. But when she seduces naïve Corporal Don José, she gets more than she bargains for.  

Carmen works in a cigarette factory. When a knife fight with another employee leads to her arrest, she charms Corporal Don José into letting her escape. Like a moth drawn to a flame, Don José forsakes his military career and the innocent peasant girl Micaëla for a life on the lam with Carmen and a band of smugglers.

Never one to settle down, the passionate Carmen gets bored with Don José and becomes involved with the glamourous, testosterone-filled bullfighter Escamillo. Left with nothing, Don José decides that if he can’t have Carmen, no one can.

Full of magnetic melodies, colorful costumes, and tragic twists, you’ll fall in love with Georges Bizet’s one-and-only Carmen.

The opera is sung in French with English supertitles projected above the stage.

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