WIN: Tickets to see Carmen at Weston-super-Mare’s Odeon cinema

PUBLISHED: 20:00 21 February 2018

Carmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

Carmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper

A world-renowned opera company will tell a tale of seduction and jealousy – and four Mercury readers will get to see it for free.

Carmen. Picture: Bill CooperCarmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

Carmen is set in Seville around 1830 and deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory girl Carmen.

He is later encouraged to join the smugglers, who Carmen is associated with, but is driven wild by jealousy.

Everything comes to a head when the gypsy girl reveals her love for bull-fighter Escamillo.

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form.

Carmen. Picture: Bill CooperCarmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage and it was a failure on its 1875 premiere.

Following Bizet’s death shortly after, the opera went on to become a spectacle around the world.

It has now been performed more than 500 times at London’s Covent Garden alone.

The Royal Opera House will perform the show and it will be streamed to the Weston cinema.

Carmen. Picture: Bill CooperCarmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera.

The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors and he has devised a far-from-traditional version.

The Royal Opera House’s Carmen will be at the Odeon, in The Centre, at 7.30pm on March 2 and at 8.45pm on March 4.

Tickets are available from www.odeon.co.uk or at the cinema.

Anna Goryachova as Carmen. Picture: Bill CooperAnna Goryachova as Carmen. Picture: Bill Cooper

The Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon to offer two lucky readers a pair of tickets to the showing of their choice.

Entries must be in before the deadline at 10am on February 27.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final. By entering this competition you agree to be contacted by Archant and the cinema.

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