Georges Bizet

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Carmen review – Bizet’s opera goes on a camp bunny-hop with serious ambitions
Opera North’s colourful production zeroes in on female agency with Chrystal E Williams as a magnetic Playboy-styled Carmen

Erica Jeal

03, Oct, 2021 @10:23 AM

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Carmen review – WNO unleashes free spirit on Brazil's favelas
A frenetic mix of gunrunners, drug gangs and slum workers assail feisty mezzo Virginie Verrez in Jo Davies’s interpretation of Bizet with added feminist verismo

Rian Evans

22, Sep, 2019 @12:35 PM

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Carmen La Cubana review – revolutionary makeover is a bumpy but heady ride
This energetic, Cuban-ified version of Carmen Jones whizzes by, ricocheting from comedy to melodrama, intimacy to dancing crowds

Sanjoy Roy

03, Aug, 2018 @2:31 PM

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The week in classical: Carmen; Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey; Satyagraha – review
Performers enjoy a nightly workout in Barrie Kosky’s refreshing if flawed new Royal Opera production

Fiona Maddocks

11, Feb, 2018 @7:30 AM

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Carmen review – Bizet meets Busby Berkeley
Big numbers and bohemian loucheness characterise Barrie Kosky’s uneven production

Tim Ashley

07, Feb, 2018 @12:06 PM

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La Tragédie de Carmen review – opera on an unforgivingly small scale
Peter Brook’s take on Bizet squeezes all the famous tunes into an economic, stripped-down production for four, but demanded too much of these singers

Erica Jeal

05, Nov, 2017 @2:23 PM

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Carmen with cha-cha-cha: adaptation with all Cuban cast opens in Paris
Reimagined in 1950s Cuba and directed by Christopher Renshaw, Carmen la Cubana will open at the Théâtre du Châtelet over 140 years after Paris debut

Kim Willsher in Paris

06, Apr, 2016 @6:00 AM

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles review – inconsistently ravishing
With some superlative singing and an intelligent production, this Bizet opera should fly – but unfortunately the flaws in the work itself drag it back to earth

Seth Colter Walls

05, Jan, 2016 @10:06 PM

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Carmen review – committed performances in slimmed-down version of Bizet's classic
A small cast is uniformly strong vocally and works hard to bring off this much-cut Carmen, in which sense and continuity occasionally suffers

George Hall

13, Aug, 2015 @1:31 PM

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Matthew Bourne's The Car Man review – swaggering revival adds Broadway flair
Matthew Bourne’s slick repair shop staging of Bizet’s Carmen is full of sexual charisma and violent passion

Judith Mackrell

21, Jul, 2015 @1:00 PM

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Carmen review – strong revival of Bieito's tough and intelligent production
Mezzo soprano Justina Gringyte captures Carmen’s reckless vulnerability superbly, Richard Armstrong handles the score with real authority

Martin Kettle

21, May, 2015 @12:38 PM

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Carmen Disruption review – compelling deconstruction of Bizet opera
Simon Stephens’s haunting new play takes the Carmen story into a world of modern urban isolation

Michael Billington

19, Apr, 2015 @12:32 PM

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