Anna Caterina Antonacci’s Carmen is mesmerizing” and Jonas Kaufmann is “the finest Jose to be heard for ages,” in Carmen. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian) This Royal Opera production by director Francesca Zambello is a darkly passionate and sumptuously exotic reading of one of the world’s favorite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward, in this powerful landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.
Carmen, a gypsy cigarette girl, fights with another girl working in her factory. She is placed in the custody of Don José, an incorruptible corporal in the Spanish Civil Guard. Don José is smitten by her, and though Carmen seduces him, her heart belongs to the dashing toreador Escamillo. Obsessed, Don José follows Carmen to the bullring in Seville…with tragic consequences.