Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen is coming to Winchester at the end of the month.

This new production of the opera will feature local children from The Pilgrims' School Chamber Choir, who will sing the children's chorus.

Dulwich Opera Company are bringing Bizet's classic tale of love and revenge to St Paul's Church, Winchester on June 29 at 7.30pm.

This young and vibrant opera company have devised a brand new chamber adaptation of Bizet's classic, which will be touring throughout south east England this summer.

Featuring a cast of young professional singers making role debuts, sung in French with English surtitles, with international conductor, Jeremy Silver, directing the music from the piano.

For this production of Carmen the company is reuniting the creative team behind their highly acclaimed production of Così fan tutte, which was headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer, Leah Sams. Between them, they will bring a great deal of experience to the production, having worked for many of the major opera and theatre companies here in the UK and abroad.

Taking on the lead role is Dulwich Opera’s young mezzo soprano singer Phillipa Thomas. Phillipa gained her MA at the University of York and then continued her training at Birmingham Conservatoire where she was a prize winner in the Edward Brooks English Song Competition and winner of the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize. In 2014, she was a finalist at the John Kerr Award for English Song.

Premièred in 1875, Bizet's Carmen remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous Habanera, Toreador song, and the Flower Song. Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera tells the story of a fiery gypsy girl's tragic love affair with the soldier, Don José.

Tickets are available for £21 and £19 in advance and £10 for under 16's when accompanied by an adult. See the website: