Barrie Kosky's production of Carmen c2016 M. Ritterhaus via Oper Frankfurt

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.

The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and
never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
MUSIC : GEORGES BIZET
DIRECTOR : BARRIE KOSKY
CONDUCTOR : JAKUB HRŮŠA

CARMEN : ANNA GORYACHOVA
DON JOSÉ : FRANCESCO MELI
MICAËLA : ANETT FRITSCH
ESCAMILLO : KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

Tickets are £18 (£12.50 for under 15s). Call 01902 716 055 to book, or click the blue link on the right to be taken to our online booking system.
DETAILS OF LIVE PERFORMANCE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. UPDATED APRIL 2017.

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