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.
Duration: Approx 3 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval
Sung in French with English subtitles. An Opera in four acts.
Carmen: Anna Goryachova Don José: Francesco Meli Micaëla: Anett Fritsch Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas
Music: Georges Bizet Director: Barrie Kosky Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
This is a live streaming/broadcast of the production, shown in cinemas around the UK. 'Encore' screenings have been recorded live and released for broadcast at a later date.