Carmen is a searing depiction of a woman who craves love, but creates obsession and jealousy.
One of the most popular operas ever written, Bizet’s score is bursting with passionate melodies and includes such famous numbers as the ‘Habanera’, ‘Toreador’s Song’ and ‘Flower Song’.
Calixto Bieito’s production explores the complex relationships between the sexes at the tail-end of Franco’s regime in the 1970s.
Returning in the title role is sensational mezzo Justina Gringytė. Rising stars Sean Panikkar (José) and Nardus Williams (Micaëla) make their ENO debuts. Making a welcome return to the company is Ashley Riches as Escamillo.
The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Samantha Price, Elgan Llŷr Thomas, Matthew Durkan and Alex Otterburn.
ENO Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi conducts.
Co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet.
‘The audience is palpably gripped by the action’ ★★★★ The Stage
Age restrictionThis production is recommended for ages 15+.
Running time2hr 45min (inc. one interval)
Performance dates1 February - 24 February 2023
ContentThis production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.
PLEASE NOTE: Sung in English with surtitled for sung words displayed above the stage.
AccessThere will be a signed performance on Tuesday 25 February.
Upcoming Performance Times
- Wednesday1 February 2023
- Saturday4 February 2023
- Thursday9 February 2023
- Saturday11 February 2023
- Tuesday14 February 2023
- Friday17 February 2023
- Monday20 February 2023
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News / Productions / Photos
First Look: London ENO production of Carmen at The Coliseum
The 2019/20 ENO season is beginning to heat up with the release of first-look production photos of Georges Bizet's Carmen alongside a breathtaking video of Lithuanian operatic mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė performing the famed aria "Habanera." Carmen is now playing a strictly limited run at the London Coliseum until 27 February 2020. Take a look at the cast in our gallery below.
18 Feb, 2020 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
News / Photos
English National Opera announces plans for more inclusive opera industry
The English National Opera has announced today (14 January 2020) a new phase in its diversification strategy aimed at making the opera industry more inclusive, accessible, and representative of the present society that we live in. The announcement comes just as the ENO enters the second half of its new season, beginning with Carmen opening at the London Coliseum on 29 January 2020.
14 Jan, 2020 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels