Here are the first images of the new production, hot off the press.
Carlos Acosta's second choreographic creation for The Royal Ballet shares a Spanish theme but inhabits a very different world from his 2013 production of Don Quixote.
Combining traditional ballet styles with flamenco, contemporary and Cuban dance, Acosta's Carmen distils the plot of the opera: it homes in on the dark love triangle between Carmen, Don José and Escamillo and focusses especially on Carmen herself.
‘I wanted to establish immediately who she really is', says Acosta: ‘a force of persuasion, a force of seduction'.
The mixed programme of Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen runs 26 October–12 November 2015. Tickets are still available for some performances.
The programme will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 12 November 2015. Find your nearest cinema.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.