16 May – 17 June & 1 – 24 August 2024

Award-winning Broadway director Diane Paulus brings us a powerful new Carmen.

Passion ignites when Don José meets the fiercely independent Carmen, but she won’t give up her freedom without a fight.

The energy and emotion of Bizet’s score collide with urgent, raw choreography in this visceral new production.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Creative team

Robin Ticciati (16 May – 17 June)
Anja Bihlmaier (1 – 24 August)

Diane Paulus

Set Designer
Riccardo Hernández

Costume Designer
Evie Gurney

Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth

Jasmin Vardimon

Fight Director
Bret Yount

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Director Aidan Oliver

Associate Director
Laura Attridge

Assistant Director
Adam Torrance

Intimacy Director
Hannah Rose Goalstone

Assistant Conductors
Jack Ridley (16 May – 17 June)
Christopher White (1 – 24 August)

Senior Coach
Steven Maughan

Matthew Fletcher
Ben-San Lau

Language Coach
Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Assistant Chorus Director
Avishka Edirisinghe

Cast includes

Rihab Chaieb (16 May – 17 June)
Aigul Akhmetshina (1 – 24 August)

Don José
Dmytro Popov (16 May – 19 May & 26 May – 17 June)
Evan Leroy Johnson (1 – 24 August)
John Findon (23 May)

Dmitry Cheblykov (16 May – 17 June)
Łukasz Goliński (1 – 24 August)

Sofia Fomina (16 May – 17 June)
Janai Brugger (1 – 24 August)

Dingle Yandell

Alex Otterburn (16 May – 17 June)
Thomas Mole (1 – 24 August)

Elisabeth Boudreault

Kezia Bienek

Le Dancaïre
Loïc Félix

Le Remendado
François Piolino

Lillas Pastia
Esteban Lecoq

Le Guide
John Mackenzie-Lavansch*

Camilla Curiel, Marta Gimeno Nafria, Jess Hull, Thomas Kerek, Lewis James, Andrea Paniagua

Singing Children:

Glyndebourne Youth Opera: Samson Clarke, Alisa Collin, Bethany Gander, Alex Griscti-Soler, Scarlett Hiles, Amelia Howard, Phoebe MacMorland, Lola Mitchell, Esme Parsons, Sophia Reed, Hana-Ines Slater, Theodora Tsang

Trinity Boys Choir: Josiah Alfred, Thomas Day, Jacob Hayee, Rishi Mudunuru, Liam Nai, Sebastian Onalaja, Monty Owen, Henry Pettitt, Filippo Watson

* Soloist from The Glyndebourne Chorus


Photos: Richard Hubert Smith

Advisory information about Carmen

The opera Carmen is a tragedy about a woman’s struggle to retain her freedom. There is onstage violence and death, though it is not gratuitous or gory. There are also sexual references and scenarios.

Performance timings

Timings are subject to change.

*Restaurants open

16, 23, 30 May
7, 10, 13, 15, 17 June
1 August

Gardens open: 3.00pm
Opera starts: 5.00pm
Interval (20 mins): 5.55pm
Opera resumes: 6.15pm
Interval (90 mins)*: 7.00pm
Opera resumes: 8.30pm
Opera ends: 9.35pm

19, 26 May
2 June
4, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 August

Gardens open: 2.00pm
Opera starts: 4.00pm
Interval (20 mins): 4.55pm
Opera resumes: 5.15pm
Interval (90 mins)*: 6.00pm
Opera resumes: 7.30pm
Opera ends: 8.35pm

For recommended trains and coach timings visit our how to get here page.

Supported by a Syndicate and Circle of individuals

Bring world-class opera to the stage

To find out more about production support for Festival 2024 click here
or contact our Director of Development, Helen McCarthy for an informal chat:
call 01273 815 032 or email

Main image: Photography by Charles Stanislaw Graham/Thursday’s Child. Art direction & design by Ollie Winser

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