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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Carmen the butcher: a grotesque new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 20 January 2018
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) and Scott Hendricks (Escamillo) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Karl Forster
Bregenz

When the cards fall in your favour: a striking Carmen from Kasper Holten in Bregenz

By , 27 July 2017
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Stefano Secco (Don José) e Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Clémentine Margaine's Carmen seduces more than the production in Naples

By , 07 July 2017
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Carmen) and Michael Fabiano (Don José) © Patrick Berger | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Carmen as therapy: Tcherniakov challenges clichés but is stumped in Aix

By , 04 July 2017
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Tom Randle (Don José) and Nino Surguladze (Carmen) © Marty Melville
Auckland

Ridding Carmen of cliches in Auckland

By , 22 June 2017
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Marianne Croux (Frasquita), Na'ama Goldman (Carmen) and Filipa van Eck (Mercédès) © Robert Workman
Alresford

A striking Carmen at Grange Festival

By , 15 June 2017
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Rinat Shaham (Carmen) and Christopher Hillier (Moralès) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance

By , 06 May 2017
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Joseph Calleja (Don José) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Carmen) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A luscious new Carmen in Chicago

By , 11 February 2017
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Evan Bowers (Don José) and Katarina Bradić (Carmen) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A man’s world: Bieito’s Carmen revived in Oslo

By , 28 January 2017
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Jennifer Johnson Cano (Carmen) © T Charles Erickson
Boston

Love and Death in the Afternoon: Calixto Bieito's Carmen in Boston

By , 23 September 2016
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Brandon Jovanovich (Don José) and Elena Maximova (Carmen) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Traditional Carmen a musical and dramatic success in Vienna

By , 06 September 2016
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Yonghoon Lee (Don José) and Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Dance of Death: Carmen at Opera Australia

By , 21 June 2016
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Kateryna Kasper (Frasquita), Paula Murrihy (Carmen), Elizabeth Reiter (Mercédès) & dancers © Monika Rittershaus | Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main

Irresistible coolness in Barrie Kosky's Carmen

By , 05 June 2016
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Zachary Nelson (Escamillo) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A Carmen for Our Time from Bieito in San Francisco

By , 27 May 2016
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Kostas Smoriginas (Escamillo) and Maria José Montiel (Carmen) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A Carmen in Naples which doesn't get to the heart of the drama

By , 16 December 2015
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Bryan Hymel as Don José, Elena Maximova as Carmen
London

A workmanlike Carmen at the Royal Opera

By , 19 October 2015
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Justina Gringyte as Carmen © James Glossop
Glasgow

Justina Gringyte is a fabulous Carmen in Scottish Opera's Revival

By , 17 October 2015
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© Erik Berg
Oslo

I like a boy in uniform: a frustrating Carmen in Oslo

By , 06 October 2015
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) and Michael Todd Simpson (Escamillo) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Dance and Song are wed in Washington's Carmen

By , 19 September 2015
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Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Carmen) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Sultry, fiery, coquettish: Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Carmen at Glyndebourne has it all

By , 23 May 2015
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Justina Gringyte (Carmen) © Alastair Muir
London

An atmosphere filled with dust and testosterone: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO

By , 20 May 2015
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© Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Low voltage Carmen in Emma Dante's return to La Scala

By , 28 March 2015
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Alejandro Roy (Don José) and Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen) © Massimo Pica | Comune di Salerno
Salerno

A traditional Carmen in Salerno

By , 27 December 2014
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Berlin

A musically thrilling, but bloodless Carmen at Deutsche Oper

By , 28 November 2014
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Peter Wedd (Don José) and Alessandra Volpe (Carmen) © Jeni Clegg
Bristol

WNO's Chorus leads Carmen at the Bristol Hippodrome

By , 12 November 2014
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María José Montiel (Carmen) © Teatro Zarzuela
Madrid

Lost in translation: A Spanish Carmen in Madrid

By , 19 October 2014
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen) and Aleksandrs Antonenko (Don José) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Fire and ice: Rachvelishvili and Antonenko lead a successful Carmen revival at The Met

By , 30 September 2014
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Anke Vondung (Carmen) and Kostas Smoriginas (Escamillo) © Matthias Creutziger
Dresden

Dresden Semperoper: A Carmen for the 21st century

By , 30 August 2014
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Act III Carmen © Luciano Romano
Rome

Dmytro Popov's Don José the star turn in Rome's Carmen

By , 27 June 2014
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Michael Honeyman as Escamillo © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Carmen offers traditional thrills at Sydney Opera House

By , 03 February 2014
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Christine Rice and Yonghoon Lee © Catherine Ashmore / ROH
London

A classic and gripping revival of Carmen at the ROH

By , 21 December 2013
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Patricia Bardon as Carmen  ©  Robert Millard
Los Angeles

LA Opera's season opening Carmen lacks sizzle

By , 21 September 2013
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Heather Johnson  ©  Peter Konerko
Baltimore

Heather Johnson gives Carmen new meaning in Baltimore

By , 03 May 2013
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Opening night of Carmen on Sydney Harbour  ©  James Morgan
Sydney

Opera Australia's Carmen lights up Sydney's harbour

By , 22 March 2013
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Moscow State Opera, Carmen
Dublin

A traditional Carmen from Moscow State Opera in Dublin

By , 14 March 2013
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©  Charles Duprat
Paris

Carmen's charms are lost on a Paris audience

By , 07 December 2012
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Carmen, Ruxandra Donose and Adam Diegel  ©  Alastair Muir
London

Danger, sleaze, passion: Carmen re-imagined at ENO

By , 21 November 2012
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©  Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A Traditional but Warm-blooded Carmen

By , 15 October 2011
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Rinat Shaham as Carmen / photo by Kelly & Massa Photography
Philadelphia

Opera Phila’s ‘Carmen’ Easy to Love

By , 05 October 2011
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©  Julieta Cervantes.
Cooperstown

Well Sung ‘Carmen’ Triumphs at Glimmerglass

By , 05 August 2011
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©  Tristram Kenton
Newcastle upon Tyne

Opera North's Carmen - still the same story

By , 15 February 2011
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© Branco Gaica
Sydney

Opera Australia’s scintillating production of Carmen

By , 08 February 2011
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Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North spark debate with new Carmen

By , 22 January 2011
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Dan Rest / Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago

Bad Girls, Good Girls, Soldiers and Bullfighters .... Oh My!

By , 16 October 2010
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Ekaterina Sergeeva (Carmen) devant Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (Escamillo) © Magali Dougados
Geneva

Ekaterina Sergeeva enflamme Carmen à Genève

By , 10 September 2018
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Thiago Arancam (Don José) et Ketevan Kemoklidze (Carmen) © Louise Leblanc
Quebec

Carmen à l'Opéra de Québec : adieu au langage

By , 15 May 2018
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Patrice Nin
Toulouse

Carmen au Capitole de Toulouse : Et Carmencita mourut deux fois

By , 06 April 2018
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