Royal Opera House Live: Carmen

12A

INFO

Starring
Francesco Meli, Anna Goryachova, Anett Fritsch, Hostas Smoriginas

Director: Barrie Kosky

Running Time: 200 minutes

Certificate: 12A - Live performance, advised 12A

Country: UK

Format: 2D


LIVE BROADCASTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO DELAYS, RUNNING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND CERTIFICATE RATINGS ARE JUST A GUIDANCE DUE TO PERFORMANCES’ LIVE NATURE.

Approximate running time 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval.

Doors: 18:35
Intro: 18:45
Act I: 19:00
Interval: 20:54
Live Welcome Back: 21:12
Act II: 21:23
Finish: 22:37


Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

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