We’re delighted to be partnering with All Saints, Clifton, for the first time to bring you this groundbreaking production of Carmen, produced especially for the Bregenz Festival on a stunning floating stage. This spectacular evening of event cinema at its finest also forms part of the historic venue’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Enjoy a drinks reception and live music upon arrival at this atmospheric venue, and then marvel at this classic piece of opera brought to life once more in a unique way. There will be an introductory talk, as well as a fifteen minute interval.
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria, Georges Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession that follows the fateful story of the eponymous gypsy and the soldier who falls madly in love with her.
The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song. Experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.
Starring: Gaëlle Arquez | Daniel Johansson | Andrew Foster-Williams | Cristina Pasaroiu | Jana Baumeister
Director: Kasper Holten
Screenplay: Georges Bizet
Producer: Bregenz Festival
THEY SAY: “The lake-stage in Bregenz is a venue for theatrical spectaculars, and Kasper Holten’s production of Carmen on Es Devlin’s extraordinary set was a knockout […] If opera is theatre, and it certainly should be, then this big-audience production serves it brilliantly.” – Mark Ronan, The Telegraph, 2017
WE SAY: The set design, costuming and choreography are all breathtaking, and this is an exceptionally innovative production, but none of this overshadows the quality of the performers – indeed, Gaëlle Arquez will be reprising her role as Carmen for the Royal Opera House’s 2018 autumn season. Whether you’ve seen a dozen adaptations of this beloved opera or have yet to experience it, this is a must.