Live Cinema Season

Carmen

Recorded | Opera

Running time: The performance lasts about 3 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

Carmen

A thrilling new production of Bizet’s passionate opera from visionary director Barrie Kosky, starring Anna Goryachova.

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The story

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.

Background

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.

Carmen had only lukewarm success at its 1875 premiere - perhaps due to its unconventional subject - but soon became immensely popular, and has remained so. Its glorious score boasts a host of wonderful melodies, including Carmen's sensual Habanera and Seguidilla, Don José's tender Flower Aria and Escamillo's rousing Toreador's Song. There are also passionate duologues, above all the intense, final confrontation between Carmen and Don José.

Credits

Music

Georges Bizet

Libretto

Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Director

Barrie Kosky

Designer

Katrin Lea Tag

Lighting designer

Joachim Klein

Choreographer

Otto Pichler

Dramaturg

Zsolt Horpácsy

Revival Director

Alan Barnes

Performers

Conductor
Jakub Hrůša
Carmen
Anna Goryachova
Don José
Francesco Meli
Escamillo
Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla
Kristina Mkhitaryan
Zuniga
David Soar
Frasquita
Jacquelyn Stucker
Mercédès
Aigul Akhmetshina
Moralès
Gyula Nagy
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Remendado
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Dancaïro
Pierre Doyen

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the Carmen production page.