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Anthony Flaum (Jose) and Flora McIntosh (Carmen). Picture: Andreas Grieger

Anthony Flaum (Jose) and Flora McIntosh (Carmen). Picture: Andreas Grieger

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High-quality opera is on the way to Coventry as Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen comes to the Belgrade Theatre.

This new English language version is presented by OperaUpClose and is written by the company’s Olivier Award-winning artistic director Robin Norton-Hale. In addition to her work for the company, she has directed for English Touring Opera and Malmö Opera in Sweden, and theatre productions at Southwark Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith.

Robin said: “Carmen is murdered by her ex-partner. She has this in common with more than two women a week in England and Wales who are killed by a current or former partner.

“ What she also has in common with these women is that she does not deserve to die. There is no typical victim of domestic abuse, but there is a stereotypical one – a meek, easily browbeaten, isolated woman.

“Carmen does not fit this image. She is confident, bright, apparently unfettered, and has a strong support network. None of this protects her from what happens to her.“

Set in a torrid South American landscape of dust and concrete, in the mid twentieth century, where small-town boredom and machismo can turn nasty, the production first opened at London’s Soho Theatre in August 2015 and starts its tour in Coventry on Tuesday January 19.

The show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets range from £15.75 to £25.

Visit www.belgrade.co.uk or call 024 7655 3055 to book or for more details.