£15 (£12.50 Concessions, £10 Under 16s)
A young soldier, Don José, intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.
Carmen grows bored of Don José and falls in love with Escamillo. Unable to bear her leaving him, Don José sets off to track down Carmen...
The best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form, 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!
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production. 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.
Music: Georges Bizet
Director: Barrie Kosky
Conducted by Jakub Hrůša and starring Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli and Anett Fritsch
3 hrs 20 minutes Including One Interval