Opéra-Comique, Paris, 1883

Performance information

Theatre: Opéra-Comique

Address: 1 Place Boieldieu, 75002 Paris, France

Date of first performance: 21 April 1883

Number of performances: 27

New production: Yes

Company/impresario: Léon Carvalho

Performers and creatives

  • Carmen: Adèle Isaac
  • Don Jose: Stéphane
  • Micaela: Merguillier
  • Escamillo: Taskin
  • Conductor: Danbé

Other information

Spoken language: French


Clair Rowden


Lesley A. Wright, ‘Rewriting a Reception: Thoughts on Carmen in Paris, 1883’, Journal of Musicological Research, 28/4 (2009), 282-294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411890903210511; BnF Opéra, Registres OC-22 & OC-29; Albert Soubies, Soixante-neuf ans à lOpéra-Comique en deux pages de la première de La dame blanche à la millième de Mignon (1825-1894) (Paris: Fischbacher, 1894).


27 performances were given between 21 April 1883 and the end of the season (from the 49th to the 75th performances of the opera at the Opéra-Comique.) The ‘livre de bord’ for the 1882/3 season is missing but figures were reconstituted from Registres OC-22 (1875/6 season) and OC-29  (1883/4 season). Soubies gives 56 performances for the calendar year 1883 which is correct and which englobes both the April revival (with Isaac as Carmen) and the new production in October (through till December, with Galli-Marié). For collated performances from Soubies’ volumes, see FMC website: http://music.sas.ac.uk/fmc/collections/bibliographical-resources-and-work-in-progress