The second of our three programmes for the 2012 Workshop will be Bizet’s Carmen.
Bizet once wrote in a letter: ‘I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil and the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note’. His opera Carmen wholeheartedly embraces this credo. This hot-blooded tale of erotic obsession shocked its first-night audiences with its low-life theme and violent conclusion. Carmen’s blatant sexuality, her readiness to discard men like picked flowers, and the rowdy women of the chorus who both fight and smoke onstage, were strong fare for the Opera-Comique’s traditionally family atmosphere.
Music Director: Tara Scott
Stage Director: Anthony Radford
Vocal Coach: Paula Rockwell
For more information and cast lists, please see 2012 Workshop