Operas in London January 2014

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Operas in London in January

Our guide to operas in London during January 2014.

Carmen at Royal Opera House, London
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Bizet’s “Carmen” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the world's favourite operas, but scandalised 19th-century society with its raw depicition of lust. It tells the story of a fiesty gypsy arrested for attacking a fellow worker. After persuading her guard to release her on the promise of love, she then casts him aside for the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose pursues Carmen to Seville with tragic consequences.
Manon at Royal Opera House, London
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Massenet’s “Manon” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House "Manon" follows the all-consuming love affair between Manon Lescaut and a student, Des Grieux. But Manon longs for a life of luxury and riches, and when a nobleman offers to make her his mistress she finds it hard to resist. Her inability to choose between love and comfort proves her downfall, in a story that tumbles from passion and devotion, to violence and tragedy.
 
Peter Grimes at London Coliseum, London
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Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes”

to London Coliseum London opera at the London Coliseum. The disturbing story of prejudice and persecution is set in a small fishing village on the coast. Fisherman Peter Grimes already has an uneasy relationship with the other locals, and when his apprentice dies the community assumes that he is guilty. Britten's haunting score rolls around with the churning sea and the changing moods of the landscape, resulting in an opera full of menace and beauty.
 

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