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Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José.


Carmen declares that any man she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms.

Award-winning director Barrie Kosky provides a refreshing perspective on this well-known opera. He explores Carmen's ever-changing nature - marked by her series of contrasting costumes - and her vitality through dance. The pre-recorded voice of a narrator (perhaps Carmen herself) ensures that we experience the whole story from her perspective, and the production's unique performing edition (by Michael Rot) offers a chance for audience members to hear music Bizet omitted from the opera's first performances.

Critic reviews

Many weren’t sure of this Carmen when it was staged in February 2018, but we found things to admire in its risk-taking spirit


There's a splendid show in here (once Alexa shuts up) but there's just a bit too much "try-hard" about its conception and execution

Broadway World

Disappointingly monochrome vision of Bizet’s colourful opera

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 27 Nov - Sat 20 Jul, 12pm & 7pm


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