Russian State Opera presents Carmen

Production/Organiser: Buxton Opera House
Venue: Buxton Opera House
Water St,
SK17 6XN
Date(s): Wed, 26th Sep 2018
Time: 19:30
Ticket Price: £27.00 - £37.00
Concessions: Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)
Tel: 01298 72190
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The Russian State Ballet and Opera House now performs over 200 different classical shows every year. Over the years they have been focusing on delivering the highest quality Russian ballet and opera productions to British and European audiences. They have a vast experience, specialising in Russian performing arts.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House was created to present the highest quality and passion for ballet and opera. Over the past 15 years, they have worked with numerous companies and artists from Russia and decided to incorporate only the best under the umbrella of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

Unlike many other companies touring Western Europe, they only focus on working with recognized theatres in the Russian Federation that have solidly established companies, boasting a core of experienced directors and performers who have graduated from the best art institutions in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

George Bizet’s four-act opera has become one of the world’s favourites with its dramatic storyline and magnificent music.

Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live orchestra numbering over 30 musicians.

After its successful season of Madama Butterfly and Tosca last year, Russian State Opera returns to delight you with the powerful and dramatic production of Carmen. Feel the thrill of fiery passion, jealousy and violence of 19th-century Seville in Bizet’s most popular opera.


Basing their work on Prosper Merimee’s novella, librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy created a timeless tale of love, jealousy and violence set in 19th century Seville.

It tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen, a provocative and free-spirited femme fatale. José abandons his childhood sweetheart Michaela and deserts the army. Despite this, he finally loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo. In a fit of jealous rage, José kills Carmen, bringing the opera to a dramatic and tragic end.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet represented, musically, the emotions and suffering of his characters.

The Toreador Song in Act II is among the best known of all operatic arias.

Carmen is an opera that particularly appeals to young people and has been a universal favourite since its creation.