Carmen - May 2019


 

“MAYBE I AM NOT MEANT TO BE TAMED

MAYBE I AM SUPPOSED TO RUN WILD

UNTIL I FIND SOMEONE, JUST AS WILD, TO RUN WITH ME”

The Life and Loves of a Gipsy Girl and her Destiny

 

It's been nine years since we last performed Carmen, and we are thrilled to be returning to this production of raw emotion, strong passions and truly wonderful music. Carmen, our "heroine", is a mesmerising free-spirit who can bring joy or agony to any man who falls for her --- an unforgettable woman.

Our plot is drawn from ideas of Carmen based on the original story by Prosper Merimee, exploring the life of the Gypsies and their interaction with the local community, under the ever-watchful eye of the soldiers. Gypsies and migrants were a threat to the local folk, they were always travelling and remained in their tight-knit groups in the towns and villages they briefly inhabited.

Carmen, the Gypsy girl, flaunts her sexuality, boasts of her infidelity, smokes, seduces, corrupts, smuggles and eventually drives the besotted Don José into a jealous fatal frenzy. One of the best loved operas of all time, Carmen, like its heroine, is totally seductive. Listen to the stirring Toreador's Song, The Habanera and The Flower Song, and so many other beloved tunes, and succumb to its magic....

Kentish Opera's fully staged production will be sung in English with orchestra and features young soloists from major Opera Houses, with the Kentish Opera Chorus of over 60 singers. This stunning new production is in the hands of the acclaimed Kentish Opera production team comprising Terry John Bates (director), Robyn Sevastos (conductor), Enid Strutt (set designer) and Carol Stevenson (costume designer).

The Box Office is now open and we have the ever popular Early Bird offer for the Wednesday night, 22nd May. The Early Bird offer is a £4 reduction for all seats for the Wednesday performance if booked before 31st March 2019. These seats can only be booked through the Kentish Opera Box Office - 0800 234 3320. This is our free phone number which is at nil cost to all UK land lines and mobiles.

Once again we are pleased to offer a Luxury Coach Service for the Saturday performance from the Bromley and Orpington areas (please note earlier start time of 6.30pm). This has proved a very popular and hassle-free way of getting to see our shows; it will pick up from central Bromley, then Orpington Station, costing £10 per head return, which includes a complimentary programme worth £3.

Please note that the Early Bird offer and the coach can only be booked through the Kentish Opera Box Office, so please chat with our Box Office team, Peter, Maggie, Sally and Richard, when you call on 0800 234 3320. Tickets can also be bought via the Stag box office 01732 450175, or online www.stagsevenoaks-tickets.co.uk.

The Cast Includes:

 Carmen


Felicity Buckland

 and

 

Indyana Schneider

 Don Jose

 

Jonathan Cooke

 and

 

Lawrence Thackeray

 Michaela

 

Katherine lumenthal
   

 Escamillo

 

Hakan Vramsmo
   

 Zuniga

Graham Stone
   

 Mercedes

 

Hannah Crerar
   

 Frasquita

 

Rebecca Hooper
   

 Remendado

Matthew Scott Clark
   

 Dancairo

 

Robbie Haylett
   

 Morales

 

Jack Lawrence-Jones