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Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet’s score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song.

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.

Sung in French with English subtitles.
Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan


Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences.

For booking information please go here.

Cast and Creatives

Music: Georges Bizet
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set Designer: Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer: Carla Teti
Lighting Designer: Alessandro Carletti

Carmen: Aigul Akhmetshina
Don José: Piotr Beczala
Micaëla: Olga Kulchynska
Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas
Zuniga: Blaise Malaba
Moralès: Grisha Martirosyan
Frasquita: Sarah Dufresne
Mercédès: Gabrielė Kupšytė
Dancaïro: Pierre Doyen
Remendado: Vincent Ordonneau


Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonello Manacorda


Wed. 01 May, 2024


18:45 - 22:30