Scottish Opera: Bizet's Carmen

£21.00 - 91.00

Evenings 7.15pm | Matinee 3pm
Running time: Approx 3 hours (includes interval)


Scottish Opera
Bizet's Carmen

Georges Bizet’s classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production, translated and performed in English, to conclude Scottish Opera’s 60th Season.

With such hit melodies as the Habanera, Flower Aria, and Toreador Song – alongside Bizet’s magnificent orchestral interludes and rousing chorus numbers – the opera has musical riches for all.

But Carmen is not merely one show-stopping number after another. With director John Fulljames (Nixon in China 2020) at the helm and a design team led by Sarah Beaton and Christina Cunningham, Carmen’s iconic images are delivered amidst the unrest and upheavals of 1970s Spain, where the investigation into Carmen’s murder runs alongside the systems that led to her death. Carmen is the eternal outsider, carving out a life by her own rules in a militaristic and patriarchal society. The contrast of an often buoyant score and much crowd-driven action with the libretto’s introspective psychological darkness makes Carmen an endlessly fascinating work.

With Justina Gringyte in the title role and featuring four of Scottish Opera’s 22/23 Emerging Artists – Zoe Drummond, Lea Shaw, Osian Wyn Bowen, and Colin Murray – don’t miss the chance to see the Company’s timely take on this timeless masterpiece.

Sung in English with English supertitles
Translation by Christopher Cowell

★ ★ ★ ★

beautifully performed

The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★

fizzed with fiery passion

The List

★ ★ ★ ★

bound to wow audiences throughout Scotland

The Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

sets fire to the imagination

Inverness Courier

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.


Show related events

Pre-show Talk

Saturday 17 June, 6pm
Empire Rooms

These half-hour sessions delve into the detail of Bizet's Carmen, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. Limited availability

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Groups (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off. (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Concessions are limited to one per person and may be withdrawn at any time.

Under 26s £10 tickets. Subject to availability and with a valid ID.

Student Standby £10 tickets. (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Available on the day after 12pm from the Box Office at the Festival Theatre with a valid ID. 

School Groups £10, 1 adult free with every 10 children. (Excluding Fri & Sat eves) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student or Young Scot ID is required. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 


Audio Description

Sat 17 June 7.15PM

Touch Tours

Sat 17 June 6.00PM

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