Operas inspired by Seville

Operas inspired by Seville. Opera Scenarios in Seville

Last updated on October 17th, 2023

Places in Seville that inspired operas

Seville is an important European city, it was the main gateway to America and has a long and varied history, which has been a source of inspiration for the authors, especially the Romantics, of the most famous opera librettos.

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Their captivating stories, memorable music, and connections to the city make them a significant part of Seville’s cultural heritage.

In this feature, we will describe a route through the monumental area and the surrounding area to remember, through visits to their scenarios, some of the most popular operas. Here are the best opera settings in Seville, so that you can recall the mythical passages of these musical and theatrical works.

Young man with carnation, Victor Moya Calvo
Gypsy woman with carnation by Victor Moya Calvo (1922). The legend of Carmen in Art

This route that we present is self-guided, but we can help you organise an Opera in Seville thematic visit, write to us at info@visitarsevilla.com


Seville’s operatic sites

Puerta de la Carne, Avenida Menéndez Pelayo. In Bizet’s opera Carmen it is the garrison of the Regiment of Troops of that time, to which Don José belonged.

Old Tobacco Factory

Current headquarters of the University and stage of the opera Carmen, by Bizet. It was the place where the protagonist worked as a cigar maker, and the prison was located nearby.

Royal Tobacco Factory, today University of Seville

Real Alcázar

It is the setting for Donizetti’s opera María de Padilla, mistress of King Pedro I. The Patio de Banderas is related to his other opera, La Favorita, where the King walks through the halls and gardens.

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Streets in and around the Jewish Quarter: the alleys used by the gypsies in Bizet’s opera Carmen to outwit the police.

In the Callejón del Agua is the Lillia Pastias tavern where the protagonist of Bizet’s opera Carmen goes to have a manzanilla.

Balcón de Rosina, the setting for Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville, with a Mudejar aesthetic, is located in the Plaza de Alfaro in front of the Jardines de Murillo.

Plaza de los Refinadores, where we can see the monument to Don Juan.

Hostería del Laurel, Plaza de los Venerables, where Don Juan performed some of his feats.

House of Doña Ana Pantoja, in Calle Rodrigo Caro, Don Juan’s fiancée in Zorrilla’s work.

Barrio de Santa Cruz de Sevilla

San Bartolomé District

Palacio de Mañara, a Renaissance palace where scenes from the opera Don Juan de Mañara by Tomassi and Franco Alfaro take place.

Cathedral

In the surrounding area, Calle Santo Tomás (Cathedral, Archivo de Indias, Alcázar) is the home of Figaro in Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville.

Hospital de la Caridad

Built by Miguel de Mañara, a character who would serve as inspiration for Tomassi and Franco Alfano in their opera Don Juan de Mañara.

Bullring

Scenario of Bizet’s opera Carmen. At the end, at the Prince’s Gate, Carmen meets her death at the hands of Don José.

Opposite the bullring, we can see the Monument to Carmen under the Cigarreras wharf, where Carmen waited for the tobacco from the Indies.

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Triana Bridge

Former Puente de las Barcas and Plaza del Altozano, the setting for Verdi’s opera The Force of Destiny, based on the work of the Duke of Rivas Don Álvaro and the force of fate.

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Castle of San Jorge Under the current Triana Market, it was the prison of the Inquisition, where Beethoven located the opera Fidelio.

St. George's Castle