ROH Opera LIVE: Carmen

ROH Opera LIVE: Carmen

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 1 May 2024, 7.00pm
Running time 220 minutes (including one interval)
Sung in French with English subtitle

Aigul Akmetshina performs the title role in Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production of Bizet’s ever-popular opera.

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.

One of opera’s most notorious free spirits, Carmen is a rebel with a passionate cause – she wants to live and love in her own way. Though Carmen warns Don José not to love her, he gives up his job, reputation and girlfriend Micaëla for her. Soon bored of Don José’s obsessive nature, Carmen moves on to celebrity toreador Escamillo. What she doesn’t anticipate is the searing jealousy that will be unleashed in her former lover. 

Olivier award-winning director Damiano Michieletto’s searing new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet’s score. Conductors Antonello Manacorda and Emmanuelle Villaume lead two stellar international casts, headlined by Aigul Akhmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya.

Tickets £16.00 and £11.00 for under 18
Licensed bar (card or cash), with wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee , run by the VHC.

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