Age Guidance: 12+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Sung in French with English titles
Music Georges Bizet
Libretto Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
First performance Paris, 1875
Bizet’s masterpiece of sexual obsession and self-destruction is enduringly popular for many reasons, not the least of which is its brilliantly characterful score. It’s the story of a woman on the margins of society, driven by a fierce, uncompromising desire for personal liberty, and of a man who, in the grip of sexual obsession, tries to own her.
The opera’s frank sensuality, stark emotional realism and brutal violence outraged many in its first audiences, and it was widely condemned for its perceived immorality. Almost 150 years later, Carmen presents new challenges to contemporary sensibilities, whilst Bizet’s music – overflowing with passion, colour, energy and unforgettable melody – continues to mesmerise.
Edward Dick directs Opera North’s first Carmen in ten years following his triumphant Tosca for the Company in 2018.