Carmen was all that I hoped it would be and it's washed the nasty taste of the ENO version from my mouth. We were right up in the gods, which gave us a good view of the staging. It was very well done: lighting, singing, sets, animals. Yes, there were live animals involved: a donkey, a chicken and a horse. It was a spectacular performance and well worth going to see.
Normal service is now restored and I'll get back to writing about books.