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Carmen
The Royal Opera: Carmen
Release date
6th Mar 2018
Running time
3hrs 20mins
Director
Barrie Kosky
Cast
Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli, Anett Fritsch, Kostas Smoriginas

The Royal Opera: Carmen

12A cinema age rating  

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form - numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.

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The opera's heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

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