Carmen – The movie

Premiere October 4 20:45 CEST

Carmen is one of the most performed operas in the world, but what happened after the last act? Bergen National Opera is making a film inspired by Carmen, during the coronavirus crisis.

Bergen National Opera is now creating a 30 minutes film based on Bizet´s original music, but with a ‘fantasy’ story. It tells of a young Norwegian journalist’s obsession with the iconic figure of Carmen, and the fate of her killer Don José. Our fantasy is that the Carmen story happed in Norway – her murder took place in Oslo some years ago, but nobody has solved the crime.

The Norwegian journalist Mina has an online blog show and starts to follow news clips which remembers Carmen. In lockdown in spring 2020, she decides to follow up, and discovers Don José, now called Joseph, in hiding.

We have engaged the three international singers who were to appear in our main stage cancelled production (planned for spring 2021). They are filmed in their home locations in Ukraine, Spain and the UK, but most of the filming is taking place in Oslo – and also in Bergen. The journalist Mina is played by BNO´s Artist-in-residence, soprano Beate Mordal.

Bizet´s music for the opera has been specially arranged by Stephen Higgins. Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Chorus and Edvard Grieg Kor will also participate – all recorded during this spring and summer.


Anders Lindstad / Director
John Ramster / Script
Stephen Higgins / Music Supervisor
Eivind Gullberg Jensen / Conductor
Håkon Matti Skrede / Chorus Master
Ketevan Kemoklidze / Carmen
Freddie De Tommaso / Joseph Navarro
Andrei Kymach / Eskil Murov
Beate Mordal / Mina Jensen

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Choir