ROH Encore Screening: Bizet’s Carmen

The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her. Carmen grows bored of Don José and falls in love with Escamillo. Unable to bear her leaving him, Don José tracks Carmen down and…

Pre-performance talk by Charlotte Valori: Bizet and Carmen

Come along to the Fisher Theatre bar before their screening of the Royal Opera House’s sizzling new production of Carmen, directed by Barrie Kosky, to find me talking briefly about Bizet and his Carmen, packing as many interesting facts into ten minutes as I can… Talk: 1:30pm (free) – Click here to join this event on…

Bizet’s Carmen, OperaUpClose, Soho Theatre

There is no definitive edition of Bizet’s Carmen. In January and March 1875, two different editions of the score were published, neither of which match the conducting score for its premiere (also March 1875, at the Opéra Comique, Paris). As a result, musicologists differ as to Bizet’s true intentions for Carmen and its characters: the work is free…