Georges Bizet

Carmen

She creates a hunger in men.
But will it now consume her?

29 Jan - 27 Feb 2020

Carmen is a searing depiction of a woman who craves love, but creates obsession and jealousy based on the infamous novella by Prosper Mérimée. 

One of the most popular operas ever written, Bizet’s score is bursting with passionate melodies and includes such famous arias as the ‘Habanera’, ‘Toreador’s Song’ and ‘Flower Song’.

Calixto Bieito’s 2020 production explores the complex relationships between the sexes at the tail-end of Franco’s regime in the 1970s.

Returning in the title role is sensational mezzo Justina Gringytė. Rising stars Sean Panikkar (José) and Nardus Williams (Micaëla) make their ENO debuts. Making a welcome return to the company is Ashley Riches as Escamillo.

The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Samantha Price, Matthew Durkan and Alex Otterburn.

ENO Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi conducts.

Co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet.

Suggested age guidance 11+
This production contains sexual references and scenes of male nudity.

‘The audience is palpably gripped by the action’

The Stage

9 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 45mins

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Pre performance talk
11 Feb 2020
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
25 Feb 2020
Language
English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.
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Creative Team

Valentina Peleggi

Conductor

Calixto Bieito

Director

Joan Anton Rechi

Associate Director

Jamie Manton

Revival Director

Alfons Flores

Set Designer

Mercè Paloma

Costume Designer

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Christopher Cowell

Translator

Cast

Justina Gringytė

Carmen

Sean Panikkar

José

David Butt Philip

José
(Feb 25 & 27)

Ashley Riches

Escamillo

Nardus Williams

Micaëla

Keel Watson

Zuniga

Alex Otterburn

Moralès

Ellie Laugharne

Frasquita

Samantha Price

Mercédès

Matthew Durkan

Dancairo

John Findon

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