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Carmen Tickets

London Coliseum, London
Booking to 24 February 2023
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ENO’s dazzling production

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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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 24 February 2023
Age restrictions
This production is recommended for ages 15+. This production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.
Running time
2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Important Notes

Sung in English with surtitled for sung words displayed above the stage.

Venue Information

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176

News about Carmen
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English National Opera to get 2023 funding
English National Opera (ENO), based at the London Coliseum, has revealed that it will get Arts Council England funding for 2023 - 2024 after all. Following last November's funding announcement by Arts Council England, the ENO were getting a complete funding chop unless they relocated out of London. In an about-turn following a backlash against the cuts, Arts Council England will now give ENO £11.46 million for the next financial year starting 1 April 2023. Even though their original schedule for 2023 - 2024 has been severely disrupted, with a number of productions now postponed or cancelled, they will still be able to go ahead with opera for the next year. The ENO's statement reads: “The English National Opera are pleased to confirm that, following negotiations with Arts Council England, the organisation is to receive £11.46m of National Lottery funding for the next financial year, starting 1st April 2023. This represents a 9% cut from the ENO’s previous funding.  The delay in confirming our financial status has meant that our plans for the season ahead will inevitably have to change, including the postponement of a number of new productions as well as our current Ring Cycle, in partnership with the Met, which was due to continue with a new production of Siegfried next season.   However, this level of funding will allow us to honour many of the contracts of the hundreds of freelancers we hire every year, and enable us to continue to make incredible opera available for everyone, in English, with hugely subsidised tickets. It will also allow us to continue the award-winning ENO Breathe, available via 85 NHS Trusts, and ‘Finish This’, available in over 200 schools across the country.  We do remain concerned that this only gives audiences and our workforce one year’s reprieve, and still leaves a huge amount of uncertainty regarding the ENO’s future. For the ENO to meaningfully deliver on the Government’s levelling-up agenda, ACE needs to invest in the organisation at an appropriate level going forward. This has to be done in the context of ACE developing an opera strategy, in conversations with audiences and our colleagues across the industry – something that is still yet to be undertaken by ACE.  The ENO and our audiences remain in the dark as to why ACE decided to remove our status as a National Portfolio Organisation, despite us meeting or exceeding all the criteria they set: one in seven of our audience are under 35, one in five of our principal performers are ethnically diverse and over 50% of our audience are brand new to opera. We have been bringing opera to people nationally via multiple completely free broadcasts, in innovative ways such as car parks via drive-in opera and over TikTok, as well as in more traditional settings, and over 50% of visitors to opera at the Coliseum are from out of London.  Our hope is that, as negotiations for investment for future years continue, some clarity will be provided.  In the meantime, we want to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult and worrying time for everyone at the ENO.” Forthcoming ENO productions include Carmen from 1 February 2023. Book tickets to English National Opera at the London Coliseum

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