Why See Carmen?
CARMEN RECEIVES AN UPDATE!
Bizet's masterpiece sees an updating to the last days of General Franco's dictatorship as Calixto Bieito's acclaimed production of this must-see opera returns to the London Palladium after enjoying rave reviews during its last run in 2015! Lead by special guest conductor Valentina Peleggi, the eponymous anti-heroine is once again sung by mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte alongside the internationally acclaimed American tenor Sean Panikkar as her lover Jose.
CARMEN - STRIPPED DOWN
A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, the setting opens on a sweaty male barracks in the dying days of Franco's Spain. Carmen is no longer the exotic beauty who exudes sexuality - she is a common tart who takes her men where she sees fit. Don Jose is no longer the weedy, manipulated weakling of old; he is masculine, dangerous and volatile. This stripped-down, modern re-staging shines a new light on the comic tragedy, with stereotypes turned on their heads and new insights into the characters' desires, dreams and obsessions.
Opening night: 29 January 2020
Suitable for ages 12+
Two hours and 45 minutes, including one interval
And before you stop reading
Customers sat in row H backwards Dress Circle and Upper Circle rows K & L will not be able to see the subtitles
Please note: the above images are from a past run of Carmen and do not necessarily reflect current casting.
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