Monday, August 1st, 2011

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.

Carmen shows how a casual, flirtatious dalliance when mixed with jealousy and obsession can become a seriously deadly game of chance.

It is an unforgettable tragedy of shocking and risqué morality, set to a fiery, colourful 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 sung in English including the Toreador Song, Habanera, Seguidilla and Flower song.

Carmen is Bizet's best-known opera, and one of the most popular operas of all time. It was first performed in 1875 and has been a central part of the operatic repertoire ever since. Part of its appeal is its salacious story, initially denounced by critics as immoral, its vivid range of characters from Carmen the passionate gypsy, to Escamillo, the heroic bullfighter and Bizet's evocative music.

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.

Melbourne Opera will tour Carmen in 2012 to Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT.

Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Opening - Sat October 22 - 7.30 pm
Thursday October 27 – 6.30 pm
Sunday November 6 – 2.30 matinée
Friday November 11 – 7.30 pm
Saturday November 12 – 7.30 pm
Bookings: Ph: 1300 795 012.

Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
Saturday November 26 – 8.00 pm
Bookings: (03) 9905 1111.

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Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Opera Company Ltd was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit public arts company dedicated to producing opera and associated art forms at realistic prices.
Melbourne Opera is committed to the development of young artists, regional touring, and openness and transparency. The Board is elected annually by the financial membership, which is open to all. Repertoire and casting decisions are taken by an arms-length artistic subcommittee.

Melbourne Opera has toured the regions since its very first production in 2003. Including the regional and interstate touring program, Melbourne Opera is now second only to the national company as the most active opera company in the country. This has been achieved relying entirely upon philanthropic support.

The management and board of Melbourne Opera believe that open competition between opera –companies is healthy, providing a new path to future excellence and choice for audiences. After all, Berlin, a city smaller than Melbourne, has three major companies as well as a number of smaller houses.

John Myers
P: 03 9818 6339


Carmen, Melbourne Opera, Athanaeum Theatre



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