Russian Imperial Opera (Mariinsky Theatre), Saint Petersburg, 1885

Performance information

Theatre: Russian Imperial Opera (Mariinsky Theatre)

Address: Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000

Date of first performance: 30 September 1885

Number of performances: 54

New production: Yes


Performers and creatives

  • Carmen: Maria Aleksandrovna Slavina (Medem)
  • Don Jose: Vasiliev III
  • Micaela: Klyamzhinskaya
  • Conductor: Eduard Napravnik
  • Director: Gennadiy Kondratiev

Other information


Anna Ovsyanikova


Anna Vinogradova, ‘The Birth of Russian Carmen‘, Art of Music. Theory and History , 4 (2012), 88-98.


Due to prolonged works at Mariinsky, this production was premiered at Bolshoi Kamenny nearby. The second cast featured Emilia Karlovna Pavlovskaya in the role of Carmen for a few performances. Libretto translated into Russian by Alexandra Santagano-Gorchakova.