Oct 12, 2022 7:30pm

Oct 14, 2022 7:30pm

Oct 16, 2022 2:30pm

Oct 18, 2022 7:30pm

Venue Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton

Duration 2hrs 40min

Come back to the passion!

Instantly recognizable and utterly unforgettable, Carmen is the ultimate return to opera at a grand scale.

There is no one quite like Carmen, a brave and beautiful free spirit, eternally falling in and out of love. None can resist, and few understand, this willful and charismatic woman – least of all Corporal Don José. Succumbing to her seduction, he abandons his past life, and his reason, until he cannot let her go. When new love blossoms, toxic desire leads to dire consequences. Can destruction be avoided, or do we live and die by the hand dealt by fate?

Overflowing with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies that have become an indelible part of popular culture, this opera is not to be missed!

A flop at its premiere – a premiere attended by Saint-Saens, Gounod and Massenet – Carmen has become a contender for Most Performed Opera in the World. Bizet went to his grave at 38 believing that it would never see the light of day. The score is constantly ablaze with melodies – you can surely sing a half dozen of them without thinking! And if the exposition takes a while, the Act IV denouement is one of the greatest in all of opera – a masterpiece of concision and rising tension right to its famous close.
– Timothy Vernon, Founding Artistic Director

A costume sketch of a knee length flowing red dress with a V shaped neckline. Costume Sketch of a blue dress with puffy over the shoulder sleeves, a light blue top that is tied with a ribbon at the waist, and flows dowen to ankle length in a darker shad navy blue.
Sylvain Genois’ preliminary drawing for Carmen and Micaela’s costumes.

More of Carmen

Robert Holliston explores how Bizet’s late-19th century opera Carmen continues to inspire popular culture today. From Gilligan’s Island to Dorothy Dandridge, from Beyoncé to the Swedish Chef, it’s tunes are immediately recognizable and timelessly catchy.

Originally planned to be performed in 2020, we had begun rehearsals for Carmen when the world went into lockdown. Enjoy this video of our chorus singing an excerpt from Carmen.

Take a look behind the scenes at Opera Canada’s feature, Constructing Carmen at Pacific Opera Victoria and in this Opera Shop Tour!


2022 | 2023

Sung In
French with English Surtitles

Single Tickets on Sale August 2nd

Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton


Creative Team

Timothy Vernon

Stage Director
François Racine

Choreographer | Flight Director
Jacques Lemay

Set Designer
Olivier Landreville

Costume Designer
Sylvain Genois

Assistant Costume Designer
Pascale Bassani

Lighting Designer
Gerald King

Associate Conductor | Chorus Master
Giuseppe Pietraroia

WML Assistant Conductor
Maria Fuller

Louise-Andrée Baril

Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald

Assistant Stage Manager
Jordan Guetter

Assistant Stage Manager
Melanie Thompson

Head Carpenter
Phil Shaver

Lead Scenic Carpenter
Keith Allan

Head Scenic Artist
Jennifer Hedge

Head of Properties
Kristen Sands

Lead Property Master
Karina Kalvaitis

Lead Scenic Artist
Amy Frueh

Head of Wardrobe
Sandra McLellan

Lead Wardrobe
Alice Hawes

Head Make-Up Artist
Jessica Pratt

Hair and Wig Stylist
Cristina Woods