Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen

Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen
Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
50 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions


Adapted from Georges Bizet’s opera by Marius Constant, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Peter Brook.

Opera Highlights

Peter Brook’s 1981 La tragédie de Carmen (The Tragedy of Carmen) is more than a shorter, recut version of Bizet’s Carmen. While it pares the cast down to four singers, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, and is filled with musical passages from Bizet’s famous opera, La Tragédie is a nearly complete reworking of the story focused on the intense interactions and tragedy of the four central characters.

Larry Lash of Opera News dubbed Kirstin Chávez “the Carmen of a lifetime,” praising her “dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma.”

Utah tenor Isaac Hurtado makes his Utah Opera debut in the role of Don José, an officer who has his eyes naïvely set on Carmen.

The San Francisco Chronicle praised the “theatrical charisma and musical bravado” of baritone Efraín Solís, who plays Escamillo, Don José’s competition for Carmen’s affection.

Utah Opera Resident Artist Julia Gershkoff plays Micaëla, Don José’s childhood sweetheart.

Plot Summary

The young officer Don José gets in over his head when he catches the eye of the beguiling Carmen. After aiding her escape from the law, Don José is jailed, demoted, and kills his superior Zuniga before running off with Carmen. Meanwhile, Don José’s childhood sweetheart Micaëla searches for him as he confronts the other men in Carmen’s life: Escamillo and her husband, Garcia.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Health & Safety Information
Masks, covering the mouth and nose, and a self-health screening are required for this event. Attendance is limited to 30% of capacity to allow for physical distancing between groups.
Questions? Please contact us at info@usuo.org.


GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. Consider checking out What to Expect at the Opera to help you determine if an opera is right for your child. No babes in arms will be admitted.

La tragédie de Carmen (The Tragedy of Carmen) contains staged violence, often resulting in death, and adult themes.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the performance, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.

Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds.


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is committed to making all of our programs accessible to people with disabilities. It is our goal to integrate accessibility in all we do, including our programming, outreach, and overall audience experience.

For information regarding accessibility features and recommendations for your visit at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera performances, please see below or contact our Access Services Administrator, Melissa Robison at mrobison@usuo.org or 801-869-9067.


  • House Lights remain on
  • Doors remain open (no late seating)
  • Patrons are not asked to remain quiet or leave auditorium for noises
  • Supertitles (we don’t currently do this, but easily could and will)
  • Lobby monitors and sound are on for those who may be more comfortable out in lobby
  • Free concert


Seat requests to sit near the stage are available upon request.

Digital programs and information are available online and compatible for screen readers.

Visually Impaired Night at the Opera

  • Wednesday night dress rehearsal of May opera
  • Braille Script(s) available
  • Large-print synopsis available (at all operas)
  • Pre-concert insight into the opera’s story and production presented by our Artistic Director and Director of Community Outreach & Education
    • Included in this is an interactive tactile demonstration of costume fabrics, wigs, and props
  • Audio Descriptive Services available– we always ask if they’ll need this while registering for this opportunity just so we ensure enough headsets.
  • Free


Braille programs are available by advance request only. To request a Braille program, contact us at least one week in advance of the performance date.


Assisted hearing devices are available by request at coat check.

All of our films are closed captioned.

Any choral aspects of our music will have supertitles or text in the playbill.

Our operas will also have supertitles available for all patrons above the stage.

To request additional ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters or reserve an assistive listening device, please contact mrobison@usuo.org no later than 7 days prior to your ticketed event date.


The elevator located in the south west corner of Abravanel Hall’s lobby brings patrons to all levels of Symphony Hall.

Escalators are available from the Ticket Office to the Plaza level on the west end of Abravanel Hall.


Automatic Door: Accessible main entrance at the plaza level, drop off area down the alley, and ticket office north entrance.


Upon entering Capitol Theatre, you will hear lobby music at a medium, level with sporadic announcements from the overhead speaker starting with a bell indicating that seating has begun and that the concert will begin soon. The lobby will be full of quite a few people so if you need space or quiet, it may be good to wait until just before the concert starts to come into the Theatre or enter when the lobby opens.

Special performances are available during our Access to Music concerts.

Weighted lap pads are available upon request at coat check.

Earplugs are available upon request at coat check.


There is one on-street accessible parking space east of the theatre on 200 South. There are additional parking lots located near the theatre as well as metered parking.

Drop off/Loading Zone – Located directly in front of the main entrance to Capitol Theatre.


If you need assistance purchasing tickets, please call 801-533-6683 or email us at info@usuo.org.


Accessible restrooms are located on the main floor.

Merchandise and concessions are located on the main floor and have wheelchair accessible counters. If you need additional service seeing the products, the staff and volunteers will be happy to assist.


Service animals are permitted in the hall. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not permitted. Each service animal must remain with its owner and be restrained. If a service animal interferes with other guests, corrective action may include re-arranging seating or removal of the service animal from the hall.


Patrons requiring accessible seating accommodations must request them at their point of purchase. Patrons may purchase (1) accessible seat and up to (3) companion seats adjacent to their accessible seat pending availability for a total of (4) tickets. If you would like additional friends or family to sit near you, let us know and we will do our absolute best based on availability! At the Capitol Theatre, wheelchair seating is available in the back and the sides of the Orchestra level.

Seats that have removable arm rests and bariatric seats are also available upon request.




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