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London Coliseum, London3.554 reviews
Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of Carmen, a must-see opera, returns to the ENO in winter 2020.

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Calixto Bieito’s Carmen London opera tickets on sale now for 2020 ENO season!

London theatre tickets for Carmen, which is widely considered to be one of the most popular and most-frequently staged operas of all time, will undoubtedly be as desirable as the hunger the protagonist creates in men and the love she desires. The astonishing production will come to the London Coliseum for a limited run spanning from 29 January to 27 February 2020.

What is the Carmen opera about?

Calixto Bieito’s production, in collaboration with Den Norske Opera and Ballet, explores the complexity of the relationships between the sexes in the 1970s at the tail-end of Franco’s regime. It is an examination of a woman who craves love but instead creates jealousy and obsession. She invokes a hunger in men but risks being consumed by it herself.

One of the most well-known operas of all time boasts an unforgettable score from the masterful Georges Bizet, who sadly died just three months after the premiere of Carmen in 1875 and therefore never knew of the true achievement he made with this indisputable masterpiece. His score is accompanied by a brilliant libretto from Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac and bursts with unbelievably passionate melodies. With numerous ear-catching numbers, including the immensely popular ‘Habanera’ along with ‘Toreador’s Song’ and ‘Flower Song’, you'll be humming the tunes of Bizet's score long after the curtain falls.

Who is starring in the 2020 London Carmen opera?

The title role will see the return of the marvellous mezzo Justina Gringytė (Suzuki in Madame Butterfly). Making a return to the company as Escamillo is Ashley Riches (Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro). Making their English National Opera debuts are rising stars Sean Panikkar as José and Nardus Williams as Micaëla. The cast is completed by ENO Harewood Artists Samantha Price, Elgan Llŷr Thomas, Matthew Durkan and Alex Otterburn.

ENO Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi (La boheme) conducts. Joining director Bieito is revival director Jamie Manton (currently directing Paul Bunyan, recently Associate Director for A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic).

The widely loved and popular opera prepares to return to London and tickets for Carmen will prove to be in demand as its reputation depicts. Be sure to book tickets for this limited run beginning 29 January 2020 at the London Coliseum.

Don't miss affordable London ENO tickets for Carmen at the West End's London Coliseum in winter 2020!

Don't forget to check out what else is on for the English National Opera season here.

Additional Information

Age restriction


Running time

2hr 45min (inc. one interval)

Performance dates

29 January - 27 February 2020

Special notes

PLEASE NOTE: Sung in English with surtitled for sung words displayed above the stage. The performance on Thursday 6 February will NOT HAVE SURTITLES.


There will be a signed performance on Tuesday 25 February.

Venue Information

London Coliseum33 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

54 reviews3.5

Gawain the Cat29th February

Carmen was GREAT - I was just disappointed that I had paid over £60 for tickets that had a face value of £50 and at no time was the extortionate level of commission charged by TrustPilot explained - I thought I had been buying them direct!

Francis BECKERS28th February

Excellent singers and choir !! Staging sometimes ridiculous and always to noisy and disturbing the singers and the music.

Rolf Hoffmann28th February

Weak voices, crassness over quality

Alexandra Sheppard27th February

I am very sorry to say that I and my 4 guests were very disappointed with the modern production of Carmen. Carmen is about a woman' s freedom of spirit who is not to be subjugated to men; the result of the modernisation reduced the meaning of the opera to a sexist, cheap and crude production where the beauty of the music was also lost. Carmen was not meant to be represented by a woman who was ready to take her knickers off on stage. Her red long gown with the red rose on her dark hair of the old traditional production added to the ambiance matching it to the subtilties and melody of the music. While the old production, with all the costumes and suitable stage effects, was pleasing to watch in all respects, this production with the additional blinding beams of 3 cars on stage (so strange to have been added!)was in fact repulsive and people, i noticed, left during the interval.

Roland26th February

Modern version of classical opera

Andrew Skelton24th February

Our tickets were at the back of the upper circle. We were disappointed with the lack of volume from the show. I appreciate we were a long way from the orchestra, but some help from some PA sound up there would have made the show far more enjoyable. Opera is all about the music after all ! With no musical accompaniment at the end of the show ( the bows) it seemed flat. No one left the show singing the tunes!! Maybe the musicians had to get to the pub!

Mrs Linda Moughton23rd February

We thoroughly enjoyed both the quality of music and singing, but had reservations about it being a very modern adaptation

Samantha McKay23rd February

It was better than I anticipated. Thank you

Samuel Lewis23rd February

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience .

Paul Barton23rd February

Hard to follow

Customer Eva Becla21st February

Truly amazing show. Carmen - beautiful mezzo, also others singers so wonderful. Very interesting contemporary version of the Opera. Bizet would be content :)

Owen John Beament21st February

Very enjoyable - not over impressed by scenery - or lack of it. A little drab. Was the Franco dimension an excuse for saving money?