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Washington National Opera's Carmen

A free spirit comes at a price in Bizet’s blockbuster tragedy.

Georges Bizet’s tragedy, Carmen is coming to the The Kennedy Center Opera House May 14-28, 2022.

Bold, uninhibited, and strong-willed, Carmen lives life on her own terms. She’s the woman who everyone wants—but she wants nothing but freedom. After she escapes trouble by seducing Don José, she sets her eyes on the bullfighter Escamillo. But when Don José’s jealousy finally catches up to Carmen’s fiery act of betrayal, her freedom will lead to shocking consequences.

An incredible cast performs this vibrant D.C. premiere production directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Evan Rogister, including superstars Isabel Leonard and Michael Fabiano in their role debut and company debut (respectively), and a mainstage debut for Marian Anderson Award Winner Ryan Speedo Green. Bizet’s blockbuster of tumultuous love has everything you want from an opera, from Carmen’s instantly recognizable “Habanera” aria to the famous “Toreador Song,” all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight. Carmen’s determination to be “born free and to die free” is what makes her irresistible—but in love, does anything come without a price?

Purchase tickets here.