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Closed March 16, 2018

Irresistible coolness in Barrie Kosky's Carmen


Why See Carmen?

Love,sex and jealousy pervade...

Georges Bizet's iconic 17th and last opera captured the imagination of French readers with exotic tales of Spain through his rendering of Prosper Merimee's popular novella of the same name. Packed full of famous songs including the seductive Habanera and Escamillo's rousing Toreador Song, Barrie Kosky will direct two distinct casts for a limited engagement, with the lead role sung by both Anna Goryachova and Gaelle Arquez in different performances.

The story of Carmen

Set in provincial Seville around the year 1830, Bizet's powerful masterpiece deals with the love and jealousy of the young and impetuous Don Jose, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaela by the seductive, shameless gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody with the promise of love. However, he is not the only one in want of her charms; he must deal with a handsome toreador, as well as his captain. When he gets his desire though, he finds that it isn't all that is cracked up to be, and with Carmen's wandering affections, he is driven to mad jealousy that leads to a devastating showdown.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 6 February 2018


Suitable for ages 13+ due to mature themes

Run time

Three hours 20 minutes, including one interval

Cast and Creative


Anita Rachvelishvili
Elena Maximova
Bryan Hymel
Yonghoon Lee
Jonas Kaufmann.


Music by Georges Bizet

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy

Directed by Francesca Zambello

Design by Tanya McCallin

Lighting design by Paule Constable

Choreography by Arthur Pita

Fight direction by Mike Loades

Performed byThe Royal Opera

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