Georges Bizet

16 Jan - 27 Mar 2021

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A masterpiece of obsession and self-destruction

Bizet’s enduringly popular opera tells 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.

Its sensuality, stark emotional realism and brutal violence outraged many in its first audiences, and it was widely condemned. Almost 150 years later, Carmen still presents a challenge to contemporary sensibilities, whilst Bizet’s music – overflowing with passion, colour, energy and unforgettable melody – continues to mesmerise.

Garry Walker conducts his first production as our Music Director, and Edward Dick directs, following his triumphant Tosca here in 2018.


£15 to £77.50*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Running time
Approximately 3 hours

Sung in French with English titles

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Priority booking dates

Leeds Season Packages:
Full Season Package 12 March
Create Your Own Package
Friends & Patrons 17 March
All other customers 19 March

Leeds Single Tickets:
Bronze Patrons 2 April
Friends of Opera North 3 April
Under 30s members 6 April
Public booking 7 April

Create Your Own Package
Newcastle 2 March
Nottingham & Salford Quays 6 March
Public booking 13 March


Chrystal E. Williams


Antoine Bélanger

Don José

Creative team

Garry Walker


Edward Dick


Colin Richmond

Set Designer

Laura Hopkins

Costume Designer

Malcolm Rippeth

Lighting Designer

Lorena Randi



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