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Opera North – Carmen
Music Georges Bizet
Libretto Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
First performance Paris, 1875
Bizet’s masterpiece of sexual obsession and self-destruction is enduringly popular for many reasons, not the least of which is its brilliantly characterful score. It’s the story of a woman on the margins of society, driven by a fierce, uncompromising desire for personal liberty, and of a man who, in the grip of sexual obsession, tries to own her.
The opera’s frank sensuality, stark emotional realism and brutal violence outraged many in its first audiences, and it was widely condemned for its perceived immorality. Almost 150 years later, Carmen presents new challenges to contemporary sensibilities, whilst Bizet’s music – overflowing with passion, colour, energy and unforgettable melody – continues to mesmerise.
Edward Dick directs our first Carmen in ten years following his triumphant Tosca for the Company in 2018.
Cast includes: Chrystal E. Williams – Carmen; Antoine Bélanger – Don José; Camila Titinger (Autumn)/ Alison Langer (Winter) – Micaela; Phillip Rhodes (Autumn)/ Gyula Nagy (Winter) – Escamillo
Creative team includes: Garry Walker (Autumn)/ Antony Hermus (Winter) – Conductor; Edward Dick – Director; Colin Richmond – Set Designer; Laura Hopkins – Costume Designer; Rick Fisher – Lighting Designer
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