Opéra-Comique, Paris, 1875-1876

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Run in: Paris, France

First performance: 3 March 1875

# of performances: 48

Sung in French   

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Score Edition: Vocal score: Choudens first edition (1875); Full score: Manuscript (not autograph, score used for premiere), BnF Opéra.

Libretto: Meilhac and Halévy, Carmen, (Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1875).

Spoken language(s) French   


Address ∙ 1 Place Boieldieu, 75002 Paris, France

Adolphe de Leuwen & Camille Du Locle

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Adolphe de Leuwen

Camille Du Locle

CarmenCélestine Galli-Marié
Don JosePaul Lhérie
MicaelaMarguerite Chapuy
EscamilloJacques Bouhy
Conductor ∙ Jules Deloffre
Director/Regisseur ∙ Charles Ponchard
 ∙ Camille Du Locle
Sets ∙ Marcel Jambon ∙ Bailly ∙ Emile Daran
Costume ∙ Édouard Detaille ∙ Georges Clairin


35 performances were given between 3 March 1875 and 13 June 1875. 13 more were given in the following season between 15 November 1875 and 15 February 1876. For the last 12 of these 13 performances Franck-Duvernoy replaced Marguerite Chapuy as Micaëla.


Wolff, Un demi-siècle d’Opéra-comique (Paris, 1953); Wild and Charlton, Théâtre de l’Opera-Comique Paris: Répertoire 1762-1972 (Sprimont, 2005); Macdonald: http://digital.wustl.edu/bizet/ref/; Carmen: Preface and footnotes to Vocal Score ed. Langam Smith (Edition Peters, 2013) (Preface also online); BnF Opéra, Registres OC-21 and OC-22; Evan Baker, ‘The scene designs for the first performances of Bizet’s “Carmen”’, 19th-Century Music, 13/3 (1990), 230-242

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