October 22, 27; Nov 6, 11, 12, 13, 26th, 2011.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.
Hobart (14/04/12); Burnie ( 21/04/12)
Canberra (12/05/12); Frankston (23/06/12);
Ballarat (30/06/12); Plenty Ranges (14/07/12);
Geelong (31/08/12); Wangaratta (15/09/12).
2hr 30m, one 25 minute interval.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Conductor: Greg Hocking
Director: Hugh Halliday
Starring: Dimity Shepard, Tania Ferris, David Rogers-Smith, Philip Calagano, Lee Abrahmsen, Belinda Paterson.
The smouldering gypsy seductress, Carmen, leaves men panting for more. Foresworn to “freedom,” she can be embraced, but never possessed. Her fate lies inextricably in the cards. See how a casual, flirtatious dalliance when mixed with jealousy and obsession becomes a seriously deadly game of chance. An unforgettable tragedy of shocking and risque morality, set to a fiery, colorful score infused with the pulsing sensuality of gypsy and Spanish influenced melodies.
Over 90 Victorian performers have been assembled by Melbourne Opera to bring Bizet’s dramatic story to life, creating an opera bursting with energy and packed full of great tunes including the Toreador Song, Habanera, Seguidilla and Flower song.
Directed by Hugh Halliday, the new opera promises to be lively, animated and energetic with thrilling performances from Dimity Shepherd and Tania Ferris as Carmen, joined by the magnificent dramatic tenors Jason Wasley and David Rogers-Smith as her doomed lover Don Jose. Simon Meadows and Phillip Calcagno will alternate as the glamorous Toreador Escamillo.
Press & Reviews
“No frills, but Bizet’s gypsy femme fatale hits all the right notes.”
— The Australian