Carmen at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Ellen Kent's production of Bizet's Carmen is coming to the Kings Theatre on Thursday.
Ellen Kent's production of Bizet's Carmen is coming to the Kings Theatre on Thursday.
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The award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent returns to the Kings Theatre, Southsea on October 1 with an epic production of Bizet’s Carmen.

One of the most famous and seductive operas, Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier seduced by the wiles of the titular fiery gypsy girl and features one of the best known baritone arias, The Toreador’s Song.

Having made highly-acclaimed operas for the past 24 years, Kent’s productions are renowned for their set design, which in this case is a replica of Seville’s main square, with fountains, flowers and orange trees. It also includes a white stallion onstage.

Ellen says : ‘Audiences will thoroughly enjoy seeing Caspian. He is such a beautiful horse, very disciplined. He is a trained film horse so he can dance, it’s a magnificent sight.’

Tickets: from £21.50, visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call (023) 9282 8282.