NOT TO be missed at the Warwick Arts Centre this week, Opera Warwick’s latest production promises to transport audience members to the streets of modern-day Seville.
Carmen, which opens on Thursday, January 22, brings together local performers of all ages in this intelligent modernisation and translation of the popular 140 year-old opera.
It tells the story love – warts and all – and how a feisty and flirtatious young woman attracts the affections of the jealous men around her with tragic consequences.
Featuring two of arguably the most recognisable arias in opera history – Habanera and Toreador Song – the orchestra comprising of student and professional musicians alike bring composer Georges Bizet’s score to life.
But the productions cross-generational collaboration does not end there.
The ensemble features members aged 18 to 18-at-heart from Warwick Chorus – the university’s music centre choir which welcomes local singers regardless of age and abilities.
Opera Warwick also welcomes back Lorna James, who studied maths and physics at Warwick and was heavily involved in the society during her time at the university before attending the Royal Northern College of Music.
Returning to her roots, Lorna shines as leading lady Carmen – delivering a seductive, powerful and vocally impressive performance.
Young lovers Robyn Lyn and Lucia Silvestro as Don José and Micaëla must be commended for their beautiful portrayal of an initially touching, yet doomed love story, while Sam Lombor and Fraser Simpson give wonderful performances as a lieutenant and dazzling matador both scorned by Carmen.
Following on from the success of previous productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Rossini’s Cinderella, Opera Warwick have again created a wonderful re-imagining of a classic story – encompassing wonderful staging, innovative use of dance and simple, yet effective costuming.
Carmen runs from January 22 till Saturday, January 24 at the Warwick Arts Centre with tickets available online at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk and by calling the box office on 02476 524524.