Carmen 2011

Bizet’s CARMEN

 

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.

 

Synopsis

CASTS

Carmen

 

 

Don Jose

 

 

Escamillo

 

 

 

Micaela

 

 

 

Zuniga

 

 

Morales

 

 

Frasquita

 

 

Dancairo

 

 

Mercedes

 

 

Remendado

 

 

Lillas Pasta

 

 

Guide

Dimity Shepherd, Tania Ferris

 

Jason Wasley,

David Rogers-Smith

 

Simon Meadows, Phillip Calcagno

 

 

Lee Abrahmsen, Kerry

 

 

Roger Howell,

John Fernon

 

Michael Lampard, James Payne

 

 Angela Hogan, Nicole Wallace

 

Ian Cousins,

Lucas De Jong

 

Belinda Paterson, Caroline Vercoe

 

Paul Biencourt, Michael Lapina

 

Michael Lampard, James Payne

 

Michael Lampard, James Payne

Chorus

TENORS

Antonio Cirocco

Craig Debono

Dennis Foote

Tim Jaques

Tony Rainer

Richard Wilson

David Woodberry

 

BASSES

Paul Dernelley

Dick Dowling

Mark Henderson

Bernie Nolan

Roland Seidl

Robert Van Keulen

 

BASSES

Paul Dernelley

Dick Dowling

Mark Henderson

Bernie Nolan

Roland Seidl

Robert Van Keulen

SOPRANOS

Tiffany Carter

Giuliana D’Appio

Cheryl Darvidis

Piera Dennerstien

Melinda Frith

Sue Halls

Julia Harper

Debra O’Connor

 

MEZZOS

Kathy Hatton

Maree Macmillan

Kylie Payman

Emmy Thompson

Norma Tovey

Cecily Woodberry

 

DANCERS

Joel Anderson

Sarah Bruce

Andrew Cripps Clark

Marijke Franken

Francesca Meale

Sophie Qin

Aileen Tan

Simone Williamson

 

CHILDREN

Araminta Beroukas

Miranda Bromage

Paolo Cini

Isabella Cini

Marianne Foo

Lucinda Halls

Jessica Kiossis

Aidan McGartland

Tamsyn Nanfra

Dominic Payman

Kester Poole

Andre Sasalu

Alice Spencer

Elena Teh

Jessica Verrocchi

Choreographer

Michele Forbes

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