Poster pour The Royal Opera – Carmen

The Royal Opera - Carmen

3 h 20 min

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The Royal Opera - Carmen

3 h 20 min


Scores rarely heard, entirely redesigned dramatic architecture: Kosky astonishes by presenting one of the most popular operas in the world as it has never been seen before.

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.
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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Release Date

18 March 2018
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