Carmen 2020

Announcement from Opera Holloway

It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of our 2020 performances. Due to the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 we feel it is an unfortunate necessity that we re-schedule our productions of Carmen and Conquest of Love. Until such time that the trustees of Opera Holloway and I feel it is safe for both our artists and audiences to enjoy the power and drama of opera, we must remain distanced.

We love opera, and we have been lucky to perform to wonderful audiences since 2009. As a charity it is our mission to nurture young singers and let new audiences experience opera. Despite the unprecedented situation we look forward to performing again in the near future.

On a more positive note, we are hoping to bring you performances through new online mediums soon. Please look out for updates from Opera Holloway in the future to keep in touch with us.


William Branston, Trustee of Opera Holloway

Carmen 2020

Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most famous operas ever written; increasingly relevant in the 21st century, the main themes centre around: feminine strength, toxic masculinity and jealousy. Opera Holloway’s brand-new production will be set in the strife and conflict of the Spanish Civil War.

The story is steeped in drama, romance, passion and violence, everything that makes opera so captivating. Whilst deployed to Seville with the Spanish Army, Don Jose falls in love with Carmen who is imprisoned. Carmen seduces Don Jose to secure her freedom and convinces him to join her gypsy lifestyle. Carmen then is allured by the bullfighter, Escamillo, and while the town gossip Don Jose’s jealousy leads to Carmen’s demise.

Featuring famous arias such as the “Toreador”, the “Flower Song” and the “Habanera”, sung in French with an English translation displayed on screens, this promises to be a show with something for everyone to enjoy.

Musical Director – Samuel Oram
Director – Eleanor Strutt
Producer – William Branston

We will be announcing our tour venues and dates here soon.