Georges Bizet

Carmen

She creates a hunger in men.
But will it now consume her?

Carmen is a searing depiction of a woman who craves love, but creates obsession and jealousy based on the infamous novella by Prosper Mérimée. 

One of the most popular operas ever written, Bizet’s score is bursting with passionate melodies and includes such famous arias as the ‘Habanera’, ‘Toreador’s Song’ and ‘Flower Song’.

Calixto Bieito’s production explores the complex relationships between the sexes at the tail-end of Franco’s regime in the 1970s.

Returning in the title role is sensational mezzo Justina Gringytė. Rising stars Sean Panikkar (José) and Nardus Williams (Micaëla) make their ENO debuts. Making a welcome return to the company is Ashley Riches as Escamillo.

The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Samantha Price, Matthew Durkan and Alex Otterburn.

ENO Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi conducts.

Co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet.

Suggested age guidance 14+
This production contains sexual references and scenes of male nudity.

‘The audience is palpably gripped by the action’

The Stage

Running Time
2hrs 50mins

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Pre performance talk
11 Feb 2020
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
25 Feb 2020
Language
English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

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