Recorded opera in 5 acts

Filmed live at the Bastille Opera House December 2012
Running time: 174 minutes
Sung in French with English subtitles
Composer: Georges Bizet
Libretto: Poem by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the short story by Prosper Mérimée

Bizet’s Carmen is a passionate and tempestuous love story that features some of the world’s best-known opera arias. This new Opera de Paris production was first staged in December 2012 and stars the celebrated Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role. Conducted by Philippe Jordan and directed by Yves Beaunesne, the vibrant 1970s staging is an evocative backdrop to the unravelling relationship between the wild-spirited gypsy girl and duty-bound soldier.


Don José: Nikolai Schukoff

Escamillo: Ludovic Tézier

Le Dancaïre: Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Le Remendado: François Piolino

Zuniga: François Lis

Morales: Alexandre Duhamel

Carmen: Anna Caterina Antonacci

Micaela: Genia Kühmeier

Frasquita: Olivia Doray

Mercedes: Louise Callinan

Lillas Pastia: Philippe Faure

A Guide: Frédéric Cuif

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Paris Opera Children’s Chorus


Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Director: Yves Beaunesne

Sets: Damien Caille-Perret

Costumes: Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz

Lighting: Joël Hourbeigt

Choreography: Jean Gaudin

Chorus Master: Patrick Marie Aubert