29th Jun 2024 - 29th Jun 2024

Rhumbelow DBN

About The Show

Cunningham Rd, Umbilo




SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024 Screening starts 14.00 – DBN
(Venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Running time: 195 minutes (incl 1 interval)

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 1 May 2024, 6.45pm (BST)

Welcome to the Royal Opera House Season 2023/2024, these presentations are LIVE STREAMED EVENTS, with intervals, starring some of the world’s top performers. They are also recorded for venues such as The Rhumbelow Theatre and we are proud to bring you this series of Cinema experiences, as we endeavour to provide entertainment to appeal to everyone.


Passion, heat and tension: see Damiano Michieletto's Carmen live in cinemas 1 May 2024

The Royal Opera House is delighted to bring Damiano Michieletto's searing new production of Carmen to cinemas worldwide from 1 May 2024.

Under the oppressive heat of the sun, the free-spirited Carmen takes pleasure in desire.

Rising star Aigul Akhmentshina sings the rebellious title role, led by conductor Antonello Manacorda, who brings Bizet's passionate score to life.

With set designs by Paolo Fantin and costume designs by Carla Teti, Carmen casts a scorching light on the lust, violence and tensions of a remote Spanish town, where the boundaries of right and wrong become dangerously blurred.

Carmen will be broadcast live to 970 cinemas across 21 countries on Wednesday 1 May 2024 at 6.45pm (BST).


The Royal Opera - CARMEN


Music Georges Bizet

Conductor Antonello Manacorda

Libretto Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Director Damiano Michieletto

Set Designer Paolo Fantin

Costume Designer Carla Teti

Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti

Dramaturg Elisa Zaninotto

Carmen Aigul Akhmetshina

Don José Piotr Beczala

Escamillo Kostas Smoriginas

Micaëla Olga Kulchynska

Zuniga Blaise Malaba  

Frasquita Sarah Dufresne

Mercédès Gabrielė Kupšytė

Dancaïro Pierre Doyen   

Remendado Vincent Ordonneau  

Moralès Grisha Martirosyan

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sung in French with English subtitles.

Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan

Exceptional philanthropic support from Royal Opera House Principals Julia and Hans Rausing

Generous philanthropic support from Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis, The Foyle Foundation, David Fransen, Huo Family Foundation, Melinda and Donald Quintin and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

The Youth Opera Company is generously supported by Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber and The Peters Family Foundation CIO.


About The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera, under the artistic direction of Antonio Pappano, Music Director, and Oliver Mears, Director of Opera, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as George Benjamin, the late Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

About the Royal Opera House

Home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera House brings together world-class performers and trailblazing creative teams to share unforgettable performances with audiences near and far. Our theatres are in London’s Covent Garden, but our work is accessed and experienced across the UK and globally through our streams, tours, cinema programme, radio broadcasts and TV output.  

Over the course of the pandemic, we curated the #OurHouseToYourHouse programme – nine live-streamed concerts and 38 productions from our archives. Content was viewed over 15 million times in 183 countries, and broadcast in partnership with the BBC, Sky Arts, Marquee TV and Netflix. During the pandemic we lost £3 in every £5 of our income and we continue to feel the financial impact as we slowly recover.

In September 2021, we returned for our first full Season since 2019, presenting a packed programme of world premieres, landmark new productions and returning favourites. Since then, we have expanded our audience through a flagship Young ROH scheme, returned to live cinema, launched Royal Opera House Stream, and extended our national impact through an ambitious curriculum-linked programme for schools, specially designed to ignite creativity, broaden participation and diversify the future of opera and ballet. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2035.

About ROH Cinema

Since 2008, our cinema programme has brought over 120 opera and ballet broadcasts to audiences across the globe. It now reaches more than 1,500 cinemas from the UK to New Zealand, bringing the best of our resident companies to the big screen. Each broadcast offers audiences the best seat in the house, and includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and insights into the rehearsal process. The programme forms an integral part of our plan to secure our future, expand audiences and continue to help facilitate the vital recovery of cinema domestically and internationally.


R 150-00 a ticket

Food available at the venue.

Limited secure parking available    

Booking is essential. 

Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)


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