Gainsborough: Go Spanish at Trinity Arts with a live screening of English National Opera’s Carmen

Justina Gringyte and Eric Cutler lead the cast of English National Opera's production of Carmen which is being screened live in Gainsborough next week. Picture: Alastair Muir
Justina Gringyte and Eric Cutler lead the cast of English National Opera's production of Carmen which is being screened live in Gainsborough next week. Picture: Alastair Muir

The splendour of the English National Opera returns to Gainsborough next week with a live screening from the London Coliseum of Bizet’s classic Carmen at Trinity Arts Centre.

A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts as popular a following as Carmen.

Set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this famous piece has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.

Probably the most popular opera in the world, Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th Century Seville.

In English National Opera’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring.

Bizet’s dazzling score evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive Habanera to the Toreadors’ stirring parade.

Sensational mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte leads the cast, alongside the internationally acclaimed tenor Eric Cutler as José.

Eleanor Dennis takes the role of Micaela and Leigh Melrose sings the toreador Escamillo.

Returning to the Coliseum to conduct this stunning production is Sir Richard Armstrong.

The live screening at Gainsborough is next Wednesday (1st July) at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15 and £13 on 01427 676655 or www.trinityarts.co.uk