Oberes Belvedere


Wiener Staatsoper
© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
Wiener Staatsoper

Musical direction: Yves Abel
Production: Calixto Bieito

After Calixto Bieito had risen to fame as an acting director, »Carmen« became his first major opera production in 1999. Since then he has reworked and refined this legendary production several times. For him Carmen is neither the male fantasy of a femme fatale nor an emancipation symbol, but a character with individuality. Bieito shows the world of soldiers, workers and crooks in a Spanish border area free of »gypsy« kitsch and clichéd images; flamenco is only quoted ironically among Carmen's friends. But bullfighting is as much a living tradition as it is a symbol for the fight between two people - or is it the other way around? Incidentally, this production is also the director’s declaration of love to the people of his home country.

Current Dates

  • Wed. 19 Apr 2023
  • Sat. 22 Apr 2023
  • Tue. 25 Apr 2023
  • Fri. 28 Apr 2023