Noah Stewart to appear in CARMEN at the Royal Albert Hall

Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall

Bizet’s romantic masterpiece revived at the Royal Albert Hall for just 14 performances 
(21 Feb – 3 Mar 2013) 
Cristina Nassif and Antonia Sotgiu to share title role 
Noah Stewart and Paul Charles Clarke as Don José 
Directed by David Freeman with design by David Roger

CARMEN, Georges Bizet’s hugely popular opera, will play fourteen performances at the Royal Albert Hall, beginning on 21 February 2013. Director David Freeman will revive his acclaimed production, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002. The opera will be sung in English.

Since its premiere in 2002, over 30,500 people have seen David Freeman’s production of Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall. Of these, 23,000 were experiencing opera on the world’s most famous stage for the first time.

The role of Carmen will be shared by leading sopranos Cristina Nassif and Antonia Sotgiu, while her tragic love Don José will be played by Noah Stewart, who recently became the first black musician to top the British classical charts, and Paul Charles Clarke.

From the same designer and director as the hugely popular ‘water garden’ production of Madam Butterfly, and with a company of over 100, including acrobats and fire jugglers, this is a spectacular revival of a tragic love story. The dusty atmosphere of the town square, the cool night air of the smugglers’ mountain hideout and the festivities outside the bullring in Seville are all vividly recreated in this powerful tale of lust, superstition and murder.

Carmen, a fiery gypsy girl, is arrested for attacking a fellow worker in the cigarette factory but manages to persuade her guard, Don José, to release her on the promise of love. Never satisfied with the love of one man alone, Carmen quickly casts aside the hapless Don José in favour of the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by passion and jealousy, Don José pursues Carmen back to Seville leading to the inevitable and tragic conclusion.

Bizet's score contains some of opera’s finest arias and best-loved music, including the rousing Song of the Toreador, Carmen’s Seguidilla and Habanera and Don José's Flower Song.

Following its highly acclaimed seasons in 2002, 2005 and 2009, this spectacular in-the-round production returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a strictly limited season of just 14 performances.


By Georges Bizet

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Thursday 21 February – Sunday 3 March 2013

David Freeman director
David Roger set & costume designer
Gareth Hancock musical director
Robert North choreographer
Andrew Bridge lighting desginer
Bobby Aitken sound designer
Amanda Holden English translation
Carmen will be sung in English by two casts including:
Cristina Nassif and Antonia Sotgiu - Carmen
Noah Stewart and Paul Charles Clarke - Don José
Elizabeth Atherton and Natasha Jouhl - Micaela
Daniel Grice and Kevin Greenlaw - Escamillo

Box Office
Phone 020 7838 3100
Booking fees apply except to personal visitors at the Box Office.

Tickets £21.50 - £65.00
Box Seats  £62.00 - £75.00 
Group discounts for performances on Tuesday to Thursday are available for bookings of 10 tickets or more, please contact the Box Office on 020 7838 3100 for further details and to book.

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Performance schedule:
Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm
Friday 22 February, 7.30pm
Saturday 23 February, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 24 February, 2.30pm
Tuesday 26 February, 7.30pm
Wednesday 27 February, 7.30pm
Thursday 28 February, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 1 March, 7.30pm
Saturday 2 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 3 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm