Carmen at London Coliseum tickets
Carmen at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

ENO offers up a sensuous revival of Carmen in which mezzo Justina Gringytė reprises her role as the titular seductress. Strung across Bizet's heart-soaring score, this production is set to banish winter's cold by taking its audience to the scorching heat of Spain. See it at the London Coliseum from 29 January 2020.

Carmen is an opera by French composer Georges Bizet, based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. It comprises a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Upon premiering in Paris in 1875, the opera was met with shock and scandal. It went on to achieve monumental acclaim in the years following Bizet's death and is now one of the most performed operas in the classical canon. Arias such as 'Toreador Song' and 'Habanero' are famous when among those who've never seen the opera.

It is 1970s Spain, during Franco’s regime. The beautiful, fiery Carmen is desired by every man she meets. When her spurned lover – soldier Don José - turns violent, it's clear her longing for love has instead yielded jealousy and obsession.

Phenomenal mezzo Justina Gringytė (Hänsel und Gretel, Rigoletto) stars as Carmen. She is joined by Sean Panikkar as José and Nardus Williams as Micaëla in their ENO debuts. Baritone Ashley Riches (Le Nozze di Figaro) returns to ENO as bullfighter Escamillo.

Calixto Bieito directs. His previous credits include Don Giovanni and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Bieito is the recipient of the European “pro cultura” prize by the European Cultural Foundation.

The conductor is ENO Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi. Joan Anton Rechi is Associate Director, working alongside Revival Director Jamie Manton. Set design is by Alfons Flores, costume design is by Mercè Paloma and lighting design is by Bruno Poet. Christopher Cowell is the translator.

Carmen is a co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet. One of the most famous characters in all of opera, Carmen will wholly captivate you. Catch this sizzling show at the London Coliseum from 29 January 2020.

Please note that David Butt Philip will play the role of José on 25 and 27 February.

Recommended for

Those who love the works of Bizet won’t want to miss this delicious new production of Carmen. Those who haven’t been to the opera before will find this show, with its famous arias and magnetic storyline, the perfect introduction to the genre.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 11+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Opened: 29 Jan 2020
Booking from: 27 Feb 2020
Booking until: 27 Feb 2020

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

133 Reviews Add review

Justina Gringyte and Sean Panikkar are excellent leads, great voices and take you in as Carmen and Don Jose. Great support from the... More

davidy5 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved the vocals of this performance but personally I feel like a more "classical" approach towards this piece is far better.

mariaifrim 165 cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great music. Very minimal set. Beautiful voices and great to see some of the ENO youths involved on stage

mariabell 5'10, 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Not as colourful as I had thought it should be & wasn’t keen on a blond Carmen, although it was performed well it could have been more... More

ilonab1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Theatretrek54 5'8, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful singing as you would expect of the ENO. In this production the leading man and lady are both the stars of the show. Costumes... More

sillyjillymac 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent performance. Throughly enjoyed the show. The music was sublime and the performers were outstanding. Highly recommended.

mrsgb 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful. We were at the dress rehearsal. Then part way through, 14/02. And at the last night. It grew on me each time. I thought... More

mrsrosalindc 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This was a modern re -telling of this opera set in Franco's Spain. The set was sparse. But the orchestra was fabulous, assisted by... More

jennyl5 1 review, 0 helpful votes