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Carmen

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Catch one of the most popular operas to ever be staged and see Georges Bizet's magnum opus in all its splendour! Calixto Bieito’s enthralling production is filled with his trademark dramatics and violence, shedding the lighter side of the opera. Do not miss the revival of one of the greatest operas in history and catch a gripping story about betrayal, love, lust, and jealousy!

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why watch carmen

Winner of an unprecedented 8 Tony Awards in 2003, out of a total of 13 nominations, Hairspray was one of the most successful shows to feature on Broadway. It ran for an astonishing 2,642 performances until the 4th of January, 2009. It has been adapted as a musical film in 2007, featuring an ensemble cast that included John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, James Marsden, and Zac Efron!

The director, Calixto Bieito is renowned in the classical theatre sphere for his radical and intriguing interpretation of classic operas. He has worked across Europe, with his productions being showcased in some of the most famous opera theatres in the world at Stuttgart, Basel, Hanover, Zurich, Oslo, Munich, Paris, and Belgium. Bieito’s Carmen has travelled across the globe, making its debut in Catalonia all the way back in 1999 and touring Europe and North America. Carmen is set in a border region of Africa in the latter half of the 1970s, unlike the original that was set in the early 19th century in Seville. Bieito is a master in adapting classic works to modern settings, to engage with present-day audiences. The lead character is played by the mezzo-soprano, Justina Gringyte, for which she has gone on to win critical acclaim worldwide! Bieito is all set to shatter opera norms, as he brings Bizet’s most famous work to the West End stage!

The Story

Set in colonial North Africa in a remote military outpost, an oppressive and violent air looms throughout the camp. Morales cracks a whip, as a soldier squad get into formation. A single soldier stripped to his briefs and boots is running punishment laps, until he falls down due to exhaustion. There is a constant threat of sexual violence hanging in the air, that threatens to consume everyone around. Carmen craves love, but all she seems to do is evoke jealousy and obsession in others around her. Will she be swallowed by this desire that she has unknowingly kindled in the men around her?

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Lovers of Opera | Georges Bizet Fans | Fans of Classical Music

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Show Details

Genre: Opera

Duration: 2 hr 45 mins (inc one interval)

Audience: Recommended for ages 15+

No. of Shows a Week: ~3

Opening Date: 1 Feb 2023

Closing Date: 24 Feb 2023

Theatre Name: London Coliseum

Theatre Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, Restroom, Bar, Cloakroom, Assistive Listening System

Dress Code: Smart casual

Cast and Creatives

Ginger Costa-Jackson

as Carmen

Sean Panikkar as Don José

Nmon Ford as Escamillo

Sophie Bevan as Micaela

Keel Watson as Zuniga

Conductor

Kerem Hasan

Director

Calixto Bieito

Additional Tips

  • Content Warning: This production contains some adult content that may not be suitable for young audiences.

  • The opera is sung in English. The surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

  • Keep in mind, the theater is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly. Bring along a light jacket if needed.

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  • The ticket can be presented digitally at the entrance on the day of your visit.

  • Please note most of the theatres do not allow entry post the show start time and we recommend you to reach the venue 10-15 minutes early.

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