She’s not a bad person. However, she is a deadly cocktail of desire and devastation. Carmen is a byword for passion and intoxication and without doubt one of the most alluring, popular and well-known operas in the world. This earthy and visceral production transports you to a vivid 19th century Spain. The stage is set perfectly for the sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador Song.
As a force of nature, utterly unbowed by social norms, Carmen – too beautiful, too fiery and too fast – can only attract trouble. Don José has no choice but to fall for her. A man sent spinning by the whirlwind of Carmen, struggling with longing and the demands of conscience and duty.
Images by Jeni Clegg.