A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts such a popular a following as Bizet’s Carmen. Set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.
Bizet’s dazzling score evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the Opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive “Habanera” to the Toreador’s stirring parade.
Ginger Costa-Jackson plays the title role alongside Sean Panikkar, who returns to the role of Don José from the ENO’s 2020 production. Also returning to the ENO are audience favourites Nmon Ford (Escamillo), Sophie Bevan (Micaela), Matthew Durkan (Dancairo) and Keel Watson (Zuniga). The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Benson Wilson, Alexandra Oomens and Innocent Masuku.
Book your opera tickets now for a taste of the Iberian peninsula, as Bizet’s Carmen returns to the London Coliseum.
What's the story of Carmen?
Carmen: a woman ablaze with passion, surrounded by men possessed by obsession and jealousy. One of opera’s most well-known characters sets herself on a road to tragedy when she meets Don José, a corporal in the army searching for love.
Don Jose, a northerner of a respectable family, was studying for the priesthood. He killed a man after a game of cards, and fled south to join the army. His mother and Micaela, an orphan girl whom she wishes her son to marry, follow him to the south and set up home in a village outside the town where Don Jose’s regiment is posted.
Who is in the cast of Carmen?
The cast features Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen), Sean Panikkar (Don José), Nmon Ford (Escamillo), Sophie Bevan (Micaela), Matthew Durkan (Dancairo), Keel Watson (Zuniga), Artists Benson Wilson, Alexandra Oomens and Innocent Masuku.
Who are the creative team of Carmen?
Directed by Calixto Bieito with set design by Alfons Flores, costume design by Mercè Paloma, lighting design by Bruno Poet and translation by Christopher Cowell.
Reviews of Carmen
★★★★★ "Grab tickets while you still can" - The Stage (2023 production) ★★★★ "A properly smouldering Carmen" - The Times (2023 production) ★★★★ "Red-hot revival with fiery singing" - The Financial Times (2023 production) ★★★★ "Vivid revival finds ENO on fighting form" - The Guardian (2023 production)
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