Carmen raises the summer temperature in Peebles


Take a story of lust, passion, betrayal and murder under the scorching Spanish sun.

Add glorious music by Bizet, featuring songs that are now instantly recognisable, including the seductive ‘Habanera’ and the Toreadors’ stirring parade. The result is Carmen, the must-see opera that has been wowing audiences around the world for more than a hundred years.

It tells the story of Don José, a soldier seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy, Carmen.

José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

On Wednesday, July 1, a new Carmen will burst onto the London stage and onto cinema screens around the world as English National Opera’s new production at the London Coliseum is broadcast live.

This “Live” Carmen is the last production in the current ENO season at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.

The cast is led by sensational Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte who won the Young Singer award at the 2015 Opera Awards.

A Guardian review said that Gringyte “commands the title role”.

She performs alongside the internationally acclaimed tenor Eric Cutler as José, who according to the same review, “has the measure of the role’s many vocal challenges ... passing the test of his act-two aria in style.”

Eleanor Dennis appears as Micaëla and Leigh Melrose as the toreador Escamillo, and Sir Richard Armstrong returns to the Coliseum to conduct.

This bold, fresh take on one of the greatest operas is performed in English and performed in modern dress. It opens at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 1.

Tickets are £17, (not recommended for young people) and are available now from the Eastgate Theatre box office on 01721 725777 or online at