When Carmen premiered in Paris in 1875 it was a complete failure followed by a flurry of critical reviews in the paper. Even the easily seduced French weren’t prepared for the striking realism on stage.
However, Bizet’s story of a fiery gypsy wooing a Spanish soldier reappeared eight years later and became one of the world’s most beloved operas. The National Opera is giving you a chance to see for yourself if you hate it or love it.
Sat, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., National Opera of Ukraine, 50 Volodymyrska St., tickets: Hr 20-200