- All-Star Cast:
- Audio Recordings:
- 1951, conducted by Fritz Reiner: American mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens as Carmen, American tenor Jan Peerce as Don José, Italian soprano Licia Albanese as Micaela, and American baritone Robert Merrill as Escamillo.
- 1963, conducted by Herbert von Karajan: Black-American soprano Leontyne Price as Carmen, Italian tenor Franco Corelli as Don José, Italian soprano Mirella Freni as Micaela, and American baritone Robert Merrill (again) as Escamillo.
- 1970, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos: Black-American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry as Carmen, Canadian tenor Jon Vickers as Don José, Italian soprano Mirella Freni (again) as Micaela, and Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis as Escamillo.
- 1975, conducted by Georg Solti: American mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos as Carmen, Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo as Don José, New Zealander soprano Kiri Te Kanawa as Micaela, and Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam as Escamillo.
- Video Recordings:
- 1978, conducted by Carlos Kleiber: Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova as Carmen, Plácido Domingo as Don José, Scottish soprano Isobel Buchanan as Micaela, and Russian-Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuri Mazurok as Escamillo.
- 1987, conducted by James Levine: Greek mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa as Carmen, Spanish tenor José Carreras as Don José, Black-American soprano Leona Mitchell as Micaela, and American bass Samuel Ramey as Escamillo.
- 2010, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca as Carmen, French tenor Roberto Alagna as Don José, Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli as Micaela, and New Zealander baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo.
- Audio Recordings:
- Author Existence Failure: Bizet died shortly after this show, his biggest success, at age 38. Opera lovers consider this a particularly tragic loss to the art form.
- Referenced by...: The video game Persona 5 represents Carmen as Ann Takamaki's Persona.
Trivia / Carmen