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Watch Calixto Bieito’s beloved production, directed by Jamie Manton, with conductor Kerem Hasan. Book ENO 'Carmen' tickets now.

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What to expect

Watch the astonishing revival of 'Carmen' by the English National Opera at London Coliseum in St Martin's Lane. Calixto Bieito's most-loved production is directed for ENO by Jamie Manton. This opera contains Bizet's score and is set in Spain in the '70s, at the end of Franco's regime. Carmen is a beautiful and passionate woman, and all men that she meets desire her. Carmen soon crosses paths with Don José, the soldier, and things take a turn for the worse as desire turns into jealousy and obsession. In the classical world, French composer, Georges Bizet's opera is one of the most popular ones. Even viewers who have not seen this beautiful opera have heard its songs led by 'March Of The Toreadors' and 'Habaner'. Kerem Hasan conducts Bizet's music at the London Coliseum. Transport yourself to the passion and heat of Spain in the mid-century with Bizet's passionate melodies. Book ENO 'Carmen' tickets today.

About The ENO's 'Carmen'

What is 'Carmen' about?

Carmen is a woman full of passion and is surrounded by men full of jealousy and obsession. Carmen is one of the most famous characters in opera and she goes on a journey of tragedy as she meets a corporal in the army, named Don José, who is searching for love. The songs are some of the best in all operatic arias, making 'Carmen' world-famous. 'Carmen' is of opéra comique genre.

This opera explores the complex relationships between the sexes, at the tail-end of the regime of Franco in the '70s. Popular opera songs, 'March Of The Toreadors' and 'Habanera', by Bizet, are played in this production.

Georges Bizet was asked to write for Paris' Opéra-Comique. This company was popular for its presentation of light moralistic pieces, which show virtue is always rewarded in the end. Bizet was expected to write the new work in this manner, but instead, he focused on the underclass and unheroic.

A rebellious bird cannot be controlled. This opera is a searing depiction of the character of Carmen, who craves love, but instead creates jealousy and obsession.

What age is 'Carmen' suitable for?

The recommended age is 15+.

How long is the show?

The duration of the production is two hours and 45 minutes.

Who is the team behind 'Carmen'?

Kerem Hasan is the conductor of this opera by the English National Opera. Calixto Bieito's production is directed by Jamie Manton. Alfons Flores is the set designer, Bruno Poet is the lighting designer, Merce Paloma is the costume designer, Martin Doone is the revival lighting designer, and Christopher Cowell is on translation.

Who is in the London cast of 'Carmen'?

The cast includes Ginger Costa-Jackson playing Carmen, Sean Panikkar playing Don José, Nmon Ford playing bullfighter Escamillo, Keel Watson playing Zuniga, Sophie Bevan playing Micaela, Benson Wilson playing Morales, Alexandra Oomens and Ellie Laugharne playing Frasquita on different days, Niamh O'Sullivan playing Mercedes, Innocent Masuku playing Remendado, and Seán Boylan playing Dancairo.

Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs

Where is 'Carmen' being performed?

The address is London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London WC 4ES.

How do I get to the London Coliseum?

The A400 will take you to the theatre in the shortest possible time.

Charing Cross is the nearest tube and train station.

Where can I park near the London Coliseum?

Q-Park Covent Garden is the nearest parking area to London Coliseum.

Where are the toilet facilities at the London Coliseum?

There are toilets located all over London Coliseum. Accessible gender-neutral toilets are found on the levels such as the basement, stalls, dress circle, and balcony.

Is the London Coliseum accessible?

The theatre is accessible with lifts to travel to all the parts of the venue and wheelchair spaces in the dress circle, stalls, and stall boxes.

Where can I eat nearby?

Some popular restaurants are Nutshell, Caffe Nero, Notes, Fumo, and Chandos.

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