Director: Calixto Bieito
Writer: Georges Bizet
Starring: Justina Gringyte and English National Opera
Released: August 15, 2015
Rating: (E)
Runtime: 165 minutes (inc 20 min interval)
Story: Justina Gringyte stars in the first revival of Calixto Bieito's acclaimed production of Bizet's fiery opera, broadcast live in stunning HD.
Young solider Jose is so entranced by sultry gypsy temptress Carmen (Justina Gringyte) that he deserts the army. But Carmen subsequently falls for glamorous, dashing toreador Escamillo. Arguably the world's most popular opera, Bizet's red-blooded depiction of lust and tragedy scandalised early audiences. First staged at the London Coliseum in 2012, Catalan director Calixto Bieito's fresh, bold and hugely acclaimed production updates the setting to the dying days of Franco's Spain. In Bieito's 'Carmen', those gorgeous melodies and red hot Spanish rhythms soundtrack a steamy battle of the sexes fought out in the evocative arena of the Spanish bullring. Mezzo soprano Justina Gringyte makes her ENO role debut as Carmen in this revival of a staging that was hailed by The Guardian as "intelligent, persuasive and intense".
Justina Gringyte Carmen
Eric Cutler Don Jose
Eleanor Dennis Micaela
Leigh Melrose Escamill
Rhian Lois Frasquita
Clare Presland Mercedes
George Humphreys Morales
Geoffrey Dolton Dancairo
Alun Rhys-Jenkins Remendado
Graeme Danby Zuniga