The Nutcracker has long been so familiar, such a sparkling, snow-dusted cornerstone of the festive season, that it is all too easy to take it for granted. Ballet can be heavy-duty especially for children, and yet – year in year out, we are transfixed on getting our tickets in time. The only way to see the Nutcracker this year is a the Royal Opera House.
A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.
Carmen – Bizet’s greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José.
Carmen declares that any man she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms.
Don José soon abandons his sweetheart Micaëla and his army job for Carmen, and joins her and her smuggler friends in the mountains. But Carmen quickly wearies of Don José’s possessiveness. When she turns her attentions to the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José’s jealousy erupts into violence.
27 November—22 December 2018