Royal Opera - Carmen

Royal Opera - Carmen

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  • Wed 1 May
  • 190 minutes
  • Director: Damiano Michieletto
  • Writer: Georges Bizet
  • Cast: Aigul Akhmetshina, Piotr Beczala, Kostas Smoriginas, Olga Kulchynska, Blaise Malaba
  • (2024)

Synopsis

Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet's score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song.


Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the title role.


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.


Don José soon abandons his sweetheart Micaëla and his army job for Carmen, and joins her and her smuggler friends in the mountains. But Carmen quickly wearies of Don José's possessiveness.


When she turns her attentions to the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José's jealousy erupts into violence.


Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan


Sung in French with subtitles


Picture credit: Sebastian Nevols