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Catch The Royal Opera's Carmen live in cinemas on 6 March 2018

Bizet's classic opera will be relayed live to cinemas around the world.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

2 March 2018 at 11.12am | 10 Comments

The Royal Opera's production of Bizet's classic Carmen will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 6 March 2018.

Barrie Kosky's production made its Covent Garden debut last month, and sees the Australian director give a fresh point of view on an iconic work.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Carmen Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREECARMEN, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The Story

Carmen is a woman with her own ideas about what her life should be. She warns men to beware of falling in love with her. Don José ignores her warning, and gives up his job, reputation and girlfriend to be with her.

Growing bored of Don José and his obsessive nature, Carmen moves on to a very different type of man, the celebrity toreador Escamillo. But she does not anticipate the jealous passion that she will unleash in Don José.

The Music

The opera’s popularity owes much to Bizet’s music, which is packed with memorable melodies including the well-known Habanera (Carmen’s signature aria) and the opera’s famous overture.

Much of Bizet’s score for Carmen has a Hispanic flavour, from the Spanish-inspired melody of the Habanera to the dance rhythms threaded through the score. Bizet’s gift for writing catchy tunes reaches its peak in the flamboyance and masculinity of Escamillo’s Toreador Song, one of the most instantly recognizable arias in all classical music.

The Cast

The live cinema relay will see Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Goryachova sing the title role of Carmen with Italian tenor Francesco Meli as Don José. Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas will sing the role of the toreador Escamillo. The performance will be conducted by Jakub Hrůša.

The Production

Barrie Kosky's new production draws upon musical theatre influences and features distinctively-staged numbers, energetic dance and arresting theatrical visuals, all designed to offer a new perspective on this enduringly popular classic.

Kosky presents the title character as a performer constantly reinventing herself, not least through an array of striking costumes, and has replaced the originally-used spoken dialogue with an unseen narrator to give a fresh voice to Carmen. The Australian director made his ROH debut last Season with a memorable staging of Shostakovich's The Nose and his Carmen sees him employ a similarly bold approach.

Share your review

We'd love to hear your thoughts via social media before the performance, during the intervals and afterwards. Share your comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ROHcarmen and, as ever, we'll share a selection on-screen during the intervals.

Carmen will be broadcast in cinemas across the world on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Find a cinema near you and sign up to our mailing list.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

2 March 2018 at 11.12am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Barrie Kosky, Carmen, cinema, Production

This article has 10 comments

  1. WHat theatre is this showing at? You never name the theatre on website for any of your national theatre, royal opera etc so frustrating., Your website very hard to navigate. I would love to view these films but don't know where to see them. You've spent so much money on this site - WHat a waste of time

  2. ian worley responded on 3 March 2018 at 8:21pm Reply

    I love these cinema projections of ROH and the Met. It's great to get them relayed on the same night as they are being shown, live. However, as someone who has to work during the week it would be even better to know when the repeat is being shown. at the weekend a few days later. There is no mention of that in the advert.

    • Joseph Chadbourn (Cinema Account Officer) responded on 6 March 2018 at 11:28am

      Dear Ian,

      It is great to hear that you have been enjoying our cinema season.

      All of our cinema screenings, including the Encore relays, that mostly take place on weekends, can be found at the following web address:

      Best regards,

      ROH Cinema Team

  3. Timothy Lloyd responded on 5 March 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

    The insight session is fascinating, especially with the two versions of the Habanera, and the "Spanish folk-song" that Bizet thought he was using. Kosky is riveting as always, and Hrusa also very interesting. The ROH used to publish digital programmes in connection with its cinema screenings, but I see no trace of this for Carmen tomorrow: has this useful service been abandoned?

  4. Robin Gladwin responded on 7 March 2018 at 10:10am Reply

    Will there be an Encore screening of Carmen?

  5. Elisabeth Davies responded on 10 March 2018 at 4:54pm Reply

    Are there any future Encores of Carmen planned please? The ones I can see in London are all on Mothers' Day or one in Stratford on a Tuesday afternoon (hard if you're a working person).

    Thank you.

  6. Helen Suret responded on 16 March 2018 at 7:18am Reply

    Why are there not always encores? - eg cannot find any for the Berstein in the 4 local cinemas to me who always usually relay one?

  7. CLARA RICHARDS responded on 17 April 2018 at 12:57pm Reply

    First time I have seen Carmen performed, and was extremely disappointed with the Director's interpretation. It reminded me of a gay and lesbian parade in MONOCHROME. The performers and orchestra were superb. The setting, on a huge staircase, the costumes and gorilla outfit, insults to Bizet. So glad I did not go the The Royal Opera House for an evening of entertainment to see that assault to the eyes. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

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