The Royal Opera House is preparing to bring their classic production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen back to the stage from the 19th October – 30th November.
Directed by Francesca Zambello, the production will feature a number of international stars throughout its run including: Jonas Kaufmann, Anita Rachvelishvili, Elena Maximova, Sonya Yoncheva and Bryan Hymel.
This final opera from Bizet was based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Merimee, which was popular with French readers thanks to its combination of passion, sensuality and violence that was surrounded by vivid descriptions of Spain and gypsy life.
Young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla from his home village. But when he spots the high-spirited Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her. But will his sacrifice be enough to hold onto Carmen? Or will something tear them apart?
When it first premiered in 1875, the opera was a critical failure and Bizet died not long afterwards, never learning about the success that Carmen would become.
However, in more recent times the opera has proved popular worldwide and has been performed over 500 times at the Royal Opera House in London alone.
It contains many of the most loved numbers heard in opera, including Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Escamillo’s rousing Toreador Song. This 2006 production returns to the Royal Opera House, filled with colour and vibrancy that bring the 19th century Seville to life.
Since making her Royal Opera House début in 1995 with a production of Billy Budd, the American director has also directed productions of Arianna, Paul Bunyan, The Bartered Bride and Don Giovanni for the renowned opera house.
The production will feature designs by Tanya McCallin, choreography by Arthur Pita and lighting designed by Paule Constable.
Carmen arrives at the Royal Opera House from the 19th October until the 30th November.
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