ELLEN Kent returns to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford next year with one of her hugely-popular opera productions.

Bizet’s passionate classic Carmen will be performed on January 30 in a presentation rescheduled from March 20 this year.

Unforgettable melodies from a live orchestra promised in a “dazzling” production of one of the most seductive operas ever written.

The music includes The Toreador’s Song, one of best-known baritone arias of all time, the enticing Habanera, The Seguidilla, and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song.

All are performed in a setting evoking the architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences.

The Observer called the Ellen Kent production “impassioned and sultry” while the Independent said it was hot-blooded and a joy. Carmen will be sung in French with English surtitles.

Carmen is the bewitching story of a gypsy girl whose beauty lures a soldier to desertion. Sung in French with English surtitles, it includes evocative melodies The Seguidilla, The Flower Song, perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all, The Toreador’s Song.

When Ellen Kent's production of Carmen last appeared in Bradford, it featured a spectacular dance sequence by Caspian, and a majestic white Andalucian stallion which had appeared in films including War Horse.

Theatre producer Ellen Kent has been packing audiences in for more than 16 years.

Her shows have sold about 3.5 million tickets at more than 50 theatres, encompassed two dozen different works, and involved hundreds of performers.”

Visit bradford-theatres.co.uk or call 01274 432000 to book tickets.