Opera Brava Carmen


Opera Brava 

Sat 13 Aug 8pm 

Two Sisters’ Theatre 

Sung in English. 

Bizet’s CARMEN lays claim to the title of ‘The Most Popular Opera’. The music, full of extravagant melody and rich in operatic greats such as the Habanera and The Toreador’s Song, has captivated audiences for decades.  

A tale of passion between a young soldier and a fiery Gypsy girl, Opera Brava’s powerful production takes place in 1930s Spain and is sung in English with a sensational Carmen and an international cast. This promises to be a compelling and unforgettable night of opera under-the-stars. 

Set in Seville around the year 1830, Don José is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bullfighter, Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen. There she is stabbed to death by Don José who has been awaiting her arrival. 

World premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1875. 

Carmen, the most famous of Bizet’s operas, with its exotic Spanish setting, introduced a note of realism into opera that proved unacceptable to many who saw the first performances. Objection was taken to the wild and immoral behaviour of Carmen, the chorus of cigarette factory- girls and their smoking and the final murder of Carmen on the stage. Orchestral suites have been derived from the score, while popular excerpts must include Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Séguidilla, the famous Toreador’s Song and Don José’s later reference to the flower Carmen had once thrown him, ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ (‘The flower that you threw me’), with Micaëla’s moving aria ‘Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante’ (‘I say that nothing frightens me’). 

2 ½ hours, including interval 


Reserved covered seating
£35 (Friends and Castle Members £31.50) 

Reserved Uncovered Seating
£27 (Friends and Castle Members £24.30) 

Grass Tickets
£25 (Friends and Castle Members £22.50) 

Discounted Joint Theatre and Gardens ticket  
£46.35 Adult  
£41.45 Child  

Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your ticket purchase. 

Two Sisters’ Theatre

Our main theatre with allocated, covered seating in the Centre, East and West Tiers. There is additional uncovered seating in the Centre Tier.
A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats. Please note the view from these areas may be restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.
Pre-Theatre suppers are available to book with your ticket purchase. The Guthrie Pavilion will be open before the show for drinks and snacks.