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Carmen Digital Programme


Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Introduction to the opera

Don't expect Spanish heat and gypsy passion from The Royal Opera's new production of Carmen.

Watch: the trailer


Out of Character...

Carmen is lots of things - tuneful, passionate, dramatic - but it isn't predictable, and it isn't safe. Its composer made sure of that. Sarah Lenton explores the background of Bizet's opera.

Watch: Insights into Bizet's Carmen

Watch: Carmen's famous Habanera performed by Anna Goryachova

10 of opera's greatest bass-baritone roles

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?