Carmen Tickets at the London Coliseum, London

Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must-see opera returns to ENO
14 customer reviews

Carmen Customer Reviews

3.1 / 5 (14 customer reviews)


6 July 15

Felt more like a contemporary musical rather than opera, which was actually quite nice.


6 July 15

First: the english translation, unnecessary since the lyrics were projected, badly fit the music and distorted the arias. The site of the opera's action seemed somewhere in the near present but the costumes seem to straddle many periods. What was that Christmas tree there for? The characterizations through the whole thrust of the story off: all the women seemed aggressive, immoral, and without concern for anyone but themselves. The critical card game, which was based ona true belief in the prognosticative power of the cards, was treated like a stupid, careless activity. Carmen — a blond gypsie?—was portrayed also as aggressive and immoral rather than the hard-dealing woman caught in a hard-scrabble life. This Carmen seemed totally indifferent to any of her men, including Don Jose and Escamillio (whose casting made him unbelievable as a treat to Don Jose). This Carmen was in love withh no one. So her self-sacrifice did not fit what her lyrics described. Don Jose was poorly sung with several ky notes missed. And he was without the tormented character "Carmen" the opera not performed required. Not to mention that he was so out of shape he could not manage the fighting on the car tops scene. And what was that busness of putting leggings and high heel shoes? Was she being tarted up for the man they were trying to cheat, starting her out early in her life as aa immoral , aggressive, psychopathic gypsie? In short: I was extremely disappointed and now need to see a real "Carmen" to have my love of the opera revivified.

Sian Santos-Lewis

5 July 15

Went to the opera for the first time and this was a brilliant show to start with. The singing was amazing and the staging was very clever. Would definitely recommend this to others!

Andrew Kenneth Halsall

4 July 15

Having see and heard Carmen in Paris and Atlanta were disappointed with performance. Orchestra too loud over singing, muffled chorus first two acts even principal singers not heard well sitting in the dress circle. Better last two acts.

Iveta Marciulionyte

4 July 15

Carmen (Justina) was amazing and voice was stunning. The whole opera was very modern, I really missed the actual Spanish atmosphere and the costumes were poor. Was not impressed with the actual real idea, I do not think the message was sent to the audience. The good thing was voices, music , orchestra and Carmen ( Justina), impressed with her behavior on the scene and professionalism, also very expressive .

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Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval

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