Readers will know that in Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, soldier Don José falls for the gypsy Carmen, leaving his sweetheart and the army, before losing Carmen to a toreador and killing her in a jealous rage.
Obiter finds this all very moving. But with cuts to the military affecting José’s career, Carmen’s home demolished by Basildon Council, legal restrictions on Escamillo’s blood sports income, and new laws on stalking and harassment in place, the plot looks a little dated.
To win a pair of tickets to see Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall next month, we would like readers to suggest the necessary changes to characters and plot that would make this opera more of the moment. Entries to Obiter by Friday 1 February, please.
T&Cs: Tickets (subject to availability) valid for 22 Feb 7.30pm performance only. No cash alternative, non-transferable.