La Tragédie de Carmen

May 9 | 7:30pm, The Laird Performing Arts Center
May 15 | 7:30pm, The Laird  Performing Arts Center
May 17 | 2:00pm, The Laird  Performing Arts Center

An exciting version of Bizet's popular masterpiece with costumes, set, and orchestra.  Peter Brook has not changed the characters or the costumes or the setting or the story of Bizet’s Carmen.  

His genius is to reshuffle the deck and to squeeze more passion, more fresh-blood and sexual-fury into eighty-eight minutes of opera than you have ever seen.

This Carmen is not just a flirting working girl. But a sensual witch. A sorceress. A seductive spirit who sweeps everyone along with her toward a single goal — la tragédie.  

Suddenly a timeless classic has sprung to new life with such frightening excitement it has demanded a new name. La Tragédie de Carmen.

Come join us for an irresistible evening. But keep an eye on your favorite opera lover. 




Carmen | Audrey Babcock
Don José | Alok Kumar
Escamillo | Michael Mayes
Micaëla | Victoria Cannizzo

The OperaDelaware Orchestra

Conductor | Anthony Barrese
Director | Cynthia DuPont Tobias


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One of the most popular arias in all of opera! It is the song that introduces Carmen, wherein she sings of the untamable nature of love.

(Performance: The Royal Opera)

Toreador Song
In act 2, the bullfighter Escamillo sings of the glories of the bullring...of the cheering crowds, the fame, and victory!

(Performed by Laurent Naouri)

Carmen Highlights | Audrey Babcock
Audrey, who will be singing the part of Carmen for OperaDelaware, appears in this clip of highlights from the opera.

(Performed by Audrey Babcock at the Utah Festival Opera)