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Carmen in 3D review

Get Bizet with the funny spectacles…

Bizet’s Carmen was slated as vulgar when it premiered in 1875 Paris, and this vibrantly bawdy UK production will defy anyone who calls opera priggish.

Saucy gypsy Carmen (Christine Rice) seduces a corporal (Bryan Hymel), only to turn her gaze to a macho bullfighter (Aris Argiris).

Footage of a packed Royal Opera House puts us right inside the theatre experience from the minute our 3D glasses are on, complete with an intermission for champers-quaffing.

Pushing three hours, the staginess wears thin, but suggesting a cut-down version might be sacrilege to Bizet buffs.

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