Former soldier stabs gypsy ex-lover to death

Carmen – fiery, daring and uncompromising – meets José, a soldier with a past…

Carmen and the Gypsies live a bohemian life, seeking freedom outside of the law.  José, drawn to Carmen and this unconventional world, is torn between love, duty and honour.  Micaëla, innocent and pious, represents a simpler way of life and the charismatic bullfighter Escamillo soon becomes a rival for Carmen’s affections. 

Set against some of the most recognisable music in opera, this drama is a serious and still-relevant examination of violence, obsession and the struggle of a complex and spirited woman striving for independence and choice in life and love.

Rogue Opera’s fully staged intimate production  is sung in French with English surtitles. Our cast of 6 singer-actors perform multiple roles and, along with our dancer and pianist, strip away the pomp and pageantry to present a raw and intimate piece of theatre. With the audience close enough to see blood, sweat and tears and to feel the vibration of every note, Bizet’s thrilling and captivating music is raw, powerful and intimate. Our talented cast and creative team are all professionals with backgrounds including Longborough Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Chorus, English National Opera Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and all perform regularly as soloists throughout the UK and Europe.


Directed by Bronwen Stephens, Music Director - Guy Murgatroyd with Choreography and Movement Direction by Michelle Buckley.


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A new touring production

Passionate about bringing top-class opera productions to different spaces and communities, Rogue Opera is excited to announce its fully staged production of Carmen - featuring six singers, dancer and piano. 

Our production was staged in a number of unique spaces across London and the UK in 2018, including Tara Theatre in Earlsfield, Lingfield Lodge in Kent (private event) and the Abbey Theatre in St Albans. In 2019 we will tour to the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth and the Astor Theatre in Deal - tickets available soon

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