Bizet’s Carmen to premiere as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Gala (Feb 6).

Carmen, the first ever major 3D opera production, will be released theatrically March 5.

The classic opera will play in more than 1,500 screens in RealD 3D-equipped theatres worldwide, including Odeon, Cineworld, Vue, Apollo, National Amusement and City Screen in UK.

The co-production between RealD and London’s Royal Opera House shot during two performances at the Royal Opera House. Francesca Zambello’s updated interpretation of the opera classic was directed for cinema by Julian Napier, with Christine Rice as Carmen and Constantinos Carydis conducting.

Carmen in 3D comes alive in a way never previously experienced in the cinema – it really is as though you’re part of the action on stage. It’s a wonderful and unique experience,” said Tony Hall, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House.