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Carmen @ The London Coliseum

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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A Legendary Opera
Carmen, Opera

Carmen is an operatic masterpiece by French composer Georges Bizet. Set in circa 1820 Spain, it tells the story of a simple soldier, Don Jose, and his downfall after falling in love with a promiscuous gypsy called Carmen. After breaking her out of prison, Jose is forced to join her gang of smugglers, but it could all be for naught when the charismatic toreador, Escamillo appears, and threatens to steal her away.

The scandalous heroine caused uproar with early audiences, but it is now considered one of the most popular operas in the world. From the 21st November to 9th December, a new production by Calixto Bieito will be performed at the London Coliseum by the English National Opera.

Although I am not familiar with the story, I (and I'm sure most of you) are well aware of the incredible music that accompanies it. Habanera and Toreador Be Ready are two of my favourite classical compositions (much thanks to Tom and Jerry cartoons).

Tickets start from as little as £12 in the balcony to £95 in the stalls. The show is at 7pm and lasts for two hours and 50 minutes.
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Why? Outstanding music
When: 21st Nov - 9th Dec
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7845 9300
Where: London Coliseum
Cost: £12-£95
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