The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns to Lincolnshire this month to present one of the most popular of all operas – Carmen.
Composed by Georges Bizet, Carmen is a tale of love, jealousy and violence of 19th century Seville and is considered one of the greatest operas of all time.
Its mix of fierce passion, gorgeous melodies, nail-biting dramatic confrontations and musical wit has found favour all over the world almost since its first performance in 1875.
It tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen, a free-spirited femme fatale.
Jose abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo.
The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters.
In particular, the Toreador Song is among the best known of all operatic arias.
The piece will be performed in French – as it was originally written – but English surtitles will make it easy to follow the story.
The tour comes to the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on September 19 and Grimsby Auditorium on September 25.
Tickets for Scunthorpe are available on 0844 8542776 or www.bathshall.co.uk
Tickets for Grimsby are on 0300 3000035 or www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
Tickets are also available at www.russian-state-opera.co.uk