Reasons to See Carmen

In just a few short weeks – on September 9, we’ll kick off our 17/18 season with Carmen. It’s one of the greatest operas – filled with passion and drama and promises to thrill opera-lovers and newbies alike.

Wondering why you should see it? Wonder no more. We’ve rounded up just a few reasons why it’s a must-see.

You know the music.

Ana María Martínez as Carmen; Photo: Lynn Lane, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Ana María Martínez as Carmen; Photo: Lynn Lane, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Whether it’s in a commercial or your favorite TV show, chances are you’ve probably heard one or all three of those pieces from Carmen. Knowing the tune or words to a song makes every live experience that much better – be it a concert or musical theater. Opera is no different. And since you know these songs – you’ll love this show.

Check out the use of “Habanera” in the Pixar film Up.

Who doesn’t love a little Flamenco?

Carmen is based on an 1845 novella by Prosper Mérimée. In the original novel, Carmen was particularly good at dancing the ‘romalis,’ which we now call flamenco. The dance is performed in pairs with animated footwork reflecting the rhythm of the guitar and percussion, and it’s done with fierce seduction.

Be right back – out shopping for dance shoes.

In the meantime, Watch a clip here.

Carmen is the epitome of a free spirit.

Carmen is a free spirit – choosing her own path.

Back in the day, women didn’t carve their own path. For most, their lives were guided by their family or a man. Not Carmen – she takes charge of her own life, which shocked audiences when the opera first premiered.

Ana María Martínez


You can’t talk about our production of Carmen without talking about Ana María Martínez, in the title role. Martínez is one of the greatest sopranos of her time. Her career spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. (You also heard her as Monica Bellucci’s voice on last season’s Mozart in the Jungle.)

To learn more about and purchase tickets to Carmen, click here.

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