Theatre Royal Glasgow:
12, 16, 18 & 20 May 2023 (Evenings, 7.15pm)
14 May 2023 (Matinee, 3pm)
Eden Court, Inverness:
23, 25 & 27 May 2023 (Evenings, 7.15pm)
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen:
1 & 3 June 2023 (Evenings, 7.15pm)
Festival Theatre Edinburgh:
9, 13, 15 & 17 June 2023 (Evenings, 7.15pm)
11 June 2023 (Matinee, 3pm)
Georges Bizet’s classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production to conclude Scottish Opera’s 60th Season.
With such hit melodies as the Habanera, Flower Aria, and Toreador Song – alongside Bizet’s magnificent orchestral interludes and rousing chorus numbers – the opera has musical riches for all.
‘Director John Fulljames’ version is a stunning, constantly surprising spectacle’
— The Skinny on Nixon in China 2020
But Carmen is not merely one show-stopping number after another. With director John Fulljames (Nixon in China 2020) at the helm and a design team led by Sarah Beaton and Christina Cunningham, Carmen’s iconic images are delivered amidst the unrest and upheavals of 1970s Spain, where the investigation into Carmen’s murder runs alongside the systems that led to her death. Carmen is the eternal outsider, carving out a life by her own rules in a militaristic and patriarchal society. The contrast of an often buoyant score and much crowd-driven action with the libretto’s introspective psychological darkness – here thrown into greater prominence in an English translation – makes Carmen an endlessly fascinating work.
With Justina Gringyte in the title role and featuring four of Scottish Opera’s 22/23 Emerging Artists – Zoe Drummond, Lea Shaw, Osian Wyn Bowen, and Colin Murray – Carmen tours to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and Aberdeen, ensuring many chances to see the Company’s timely take on this timeless masterpiece.
This production includes images of dead bulls and crime scenes, and themes of violence including police brutality, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
Kindly supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate
Approximately 2 hours and 45 mins including a 20-minute interval.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
Translation by Christopher Cowell.
From £21 to £92.50 – prices vary by venue
£10 tickets for Under 26s >>
Concessions vary by venue
What the press said
★★★★ The Stage
‘beautifully performed in every musical aspect’
‘the principals are never less than shimmering’
★★★★ The List
‘The chorus was on sparkling form as usual, and the orchestra, under conductor Dane Lam, fizzed with fiery passion.’
'The audience in Glasgow appeared gripped, and Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are in for a thoroughly entertaining night when it goes on tour.'
★★★★★ Inverness Courier
'John Fulljames' setting of this most beloved of opera's sets fire to the imagination'
★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Gringyte and Kumar are superb throughout’
‘a strong and inventive Carmen which is bound to wow audiences throughout Scotland’
‘the orchestra plays Bizet’s remarkable score with a delicate, sensitive freshness and, when required, an invigorating heft’
‘A fine end to Scottish Opera’s 60th birthday season’
'A strong and affecting Carmen'
Cast & Creatives
Thomas D Hopkinson
Osian Wyn Bowen
Conductor – 23, 25 May in Inverness
Fiona MacSherry; Kristina Yorgova