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Carmen outdoors at Les Invalides Victoria Palace Hôtel, Paris

Since mid-June, the spirited Carmen has been thrilling some of the most beautiful sites in France. From 5 to 8 September, his tour will end in Paris in the courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides. Bizet’s famous heroine invites you to an open-air opera directed by Radu Mihaileanu.

The Opéra en plein air operation, created in 2001, aims to introduce opera to a wide audience and promote young opera artists. The idea is not only to present a classic repertoire in a magnificent place. It is also a question of offering a revisit by a personality generally foreign to the lyrical world.

Patrick Poivre-d’Arvor, Julie Gayet and Arielle Dombasle have already lent themselves to the game. This year, director and writer Radu Mihaileanu will take up the challenge. And what a challenge! Propose his own staging of Bizet’s great work, in partnership with Vincent Renaud for musical direction and Anne Gravoin on the first violin. A privilege and a pleasure for this great name of cinema, who is also a great lover of classical music. His films include Va, vis et deviens, La Source des femmes and Le Concert.

After the Domaine de Sceaux, the Château du Champ de Bataille, the Château de Vincennes, the Cité de Carcassonne, the Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Château de Haroué, Carmen and her troupe put down their luggage at Les Invalides for four performances. If the story of this flamboyant gypsy in love with freedom shocked the spectators during her first performances in 1875, it remains today the most played opera in the world.

A masterpiece to discover or rediscover in this exceptional place that is the Invalides.