Fifteen years after its premier at the Festival Castell de Perelada in the north of Catalunya and performances in 24 countries, this version of Carmen from award-winning director Salvador Távora returns to the area.
Described as an "Andalusian opera with trumpets and drums", this interpretation of Bizet's classic opera has little to do with its traditional romanticism. Instead, it's based on the actual story of Carmen de Triana, renowned in Seville culture as a woman who worked at the city's tobacco factory in the early 19th century and was in love with a picador (a horseman who takes part in a bullfight, responsible for jabbing the animal with a lance) before she was murdered.
The show is classic flamenco combining music, dance and singing. As well as the human stars, the opera also features a real horse on stage in a production described by The Times as "the most spectacular and extraordinary ever seen."