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'Tough, dark, spare and intelligent… striking visual moments' ★★★★ The Guardian
A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts as 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 Toreadors’ stirring parade.
Sensational mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte leads the cast, alongside the internationally acclaimed tenor Eric Cutler as José, ENO Harewood Artist Eleanor Dennis as Micaëla and Leigh Melrose as the toreador Escamillo. Returning to the Coliseum to conduct this stunning production is Sir Richard Armstrong.
'Justina Gringyte… oozes sexual allure in the title role' ★★★★ Evening Standard
Carmen is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 45mins
For performances of Carmen on 29 June and 1 July, please note there will be cameras present in the auditorium for the ENO Screen live relay.
Signed performance: Tuesday 16 June
28 May, 5.15–6pm, £5/£2.50 concs
Join musicologist Richard Langham Smith and ENO’s chorus manager David Dyer for an exclusive insight and the chance to further your enjoyment of the opera before curtain up. Book now >
Live cinema broadcast
Carmen will be broadcast live from the London Coliseum to cinemas across the UK on 1 July as part of ENO Screen. For more information, visit your local cinema's website.
Co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet
Original production supported by the English National Opera Trust
Please be aware that this production contains some nudity and scenes of a sexual nature which may not be suitable for young audiences.
Carmen cast and creative team
Conductor Sir Richard Armstrong/ Martin Fitzpatrick (16 & 18 June)
Director Calixto Bieito
Set Designer Alfons Flores
Costume Designer Mercè Paloma
Lighting Designer Bruno Poet
Translator Christopher Cowell
Carmen Justina Gringyte
Don José Eric Cutler
Micaëla Eleanor Dennis
Escamillo Leigh Melrose
Frasquita Rhian Lois
Mercédès Clare Presland
Moralès George Humphreys
Dancairo Geoffrey Dolton
Remendado Alun Rhys-Jenkins
Zuniga Graeme Danby