Fierce love can’t be tamed.

Carmen: a woman ablaze with passion, surrounded by men possessed by obsession and jealousy. One of opera’s most well-known characters sets herself on a road to tragedy when she meets Don José, a corporal in the army searching for love.

ENO favourite Jamie Manton returns to direct Calixto Bieito’s beloved production, exploring the complex relationships between the sexes at the tail-end of Franco’s regime in the 1970s, with Bizet’s searing score, featuring popular opera songs like March of the Toreadors and Habanera, conducted by Kerem Hasan, returning from 2022’s production of Cosí fan tutte.

Ginger Costa-Jackson plays the title role alongside Sean Panikkar, who returns to the role of Don José from the ENO’s 2020 production. Also returning to the ENO are audience favourites Nmon Ford (Escamillo), Sophie Bevan (Micaela) and Keel Watson (Zuniga).

The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Benson Wilson, Alexandra Oomens and Innocent Masuku.

Book your opera tickets now for a taste of the Iberian peninsula, as Bizet’s Carmen returns to the London Coliseum.

Co-production with Den Norske Opera and Ballet


The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.


London Coliseum

London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For Accessibility information please phone 020 7845 9300 or email

Cancellation Policy

No refundes after purchase

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The barcode will be scanned upon entry.

Suitable For Children

Only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium.

Where Do I Go

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London WC 4ES


4.3(10 reviews)
  • Anna

    Feb 28, 2023

    Classic opera in modern settings. I really enjoy this however I still want to see traditional version. The story is timeless so it's definitely worth to watch. Unfortunately a cloakroom wasn't available at this time.

  • Elisabeth

    Feb 25, 2023

    This must have been the most human Carmen I’ve ever seen. The raw emotion was so compelling. The choruses were bigger than I’ve experienced & had children taking part which was a bonus. The acting was terrific as well as the singing. It was Carmen herself who stood out head & shoulders above the whole cast. She was utterly realistic, a great mover as well as having a rich & flexible voice.

  • Laura

    Feb 24, 2023

    This was my first time seeing opera. I enjoyed it more than expected, and my mother (who i took for her birthday) absolutely loved it as her first time. The first half was a bit longer than expected.

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