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.
Bizet's rich and timeless score contains some of opera's best-loved numbers including the seductive "Habanera" and Escamillo's rousing "Toreador's Song".
The show will be a semi-staged performance by the cast of the Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre, alongside a 30-piece orchestra.
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More classical music · More events at Cadogan Hall
If you enjoy classical concerts at Cadogan Hall, then here are some other events you might like…
Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall – Every day
Sunday organ recitals at St Paul’s Cathedral – Every Sunday (apart from the last Sunday of the month)
Iolanthe at London Coliseum – 17th February to 7th April 2018
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 2nd March Ó 4th May 2018 (selected dates only)
Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons — with candles and puppets – 9th March to 21st April 2018
La Traviata at London Coliseum – 16th, 22nd, 24th, 28th, 31st March, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 13th April 2018