Carmen, the open-air opera 2018 at the Invalides

Published by Elodie D. · Updated on 25 September 2018 at 18h52 · Published on 30 April 2018 at 14h58
Carmen opera as seen by Radu Mihaileanu, filmmaker and scenarist, is an experience in the Main Courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris, from September 5 to 8, 2018 you don’t want to miss. In addition to the magnificent setting, the 4 representations will be the occasion to rediscover Carmen in a style revisited by a big name of the cinema!

Every year, the Festival Opéra en Plein Air offers to revisit an opera by a celebrity that is often completely out of the lyrical art, such as American-born French singer and actress Arielle Dombasle in 2015, Carmen revisited by French journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor or actress and producer Julie Gayet that offered a revisit of the Marriage of Figaro last year.

In 2108, it’s Georges Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen that will (once again) be revisited. After a revisit in 2010 by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, it’s now Radu Mihaileanu who is entrusted with the staging.

Filmmaker and scenarist of Live and Become, The Source and Le Concert, a movie that revealed to the general public his interest in classic music. In this feature length, we follow a group of former Moscow Bolshoi musicians wishing to replace their successors for a concert in Paris. A true success in France and around the globe: four million viewers have been seduced in Europe and two million in France.

Helped by Yannis Pouspourikas (conductor residing in Essen Opera) at the music direction and Anne Gravoin as first violin, a new production of Festival Opéra en Plein Air promising a show of a great art quality.

In addition to the revisit, Festival Opéra en Plein Air is performed in these wonderful venues:

  • Domaine Départemental de Sceaux on June 15 and 16, 2018
  • Château du Champ de Bataille (27) on June 22 and 23, 2018
  • Château de Vincennes on June 29 and 30, 2018
  • Cité de Carcassonne on July 3, 2018
  • Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye on July 5 and 6, 2018
  • Château de Haroué (54) on August 31 and September 1, 2018
  • Main Courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides from September 5 to 8, 2018

Always in the open air, in the most beautiful castles in France, this opera will move you even more than inside a venue!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 5 September 2018 to 8 September 2018



    Esplanade Des Invalides
    75007 Paris 7

    cat 3: €43
    cat 2: €63
    cat 1: €75
    carré OR: €95

    Recommended age
    From 10 years old

    Average duration
    3 h

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    More informations
    Spectacle à 20h30
    Ouverture des grilles à partir de 19h00

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