Surrey Opera


Carmen by Georges Bizet

Conducted by Jonathan Butcher

Directed by Mark Hathaway


The Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

The Stag, Sevenoaks
23 - 24 June 2000 at 7.45p.m.


Carmen Shaunaid Amette/Alison Crookendale
Don José Conor King/Philip Pooley
Escamillo Tim Armstrong-Taylor/Anthony Graves
Micaela Rachael Chapman/Susan Clements-Loftus
Frasquita Susan Clements-Loftus/Emma Caddick
Mercedes Erin Johnson
Zuniga Anthony Graves/Paul Bray
Morales Cleveland Williams
Dancairo Trevor Conner/Simon Rowe
Remendado Mark Millidge/Clive Bebee
Lillas Pastia Lawrence Reed

Don José (Conor King) agrees to join Carmen (Shaunaid Amette) and the smugglers
Same scene, more distant, more smugglers
Micaela (Susan Clements-Loftus) searches for José in the mountains
The children (from The Emerald School) eagerly await the bullfight
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Carmen has been called "a tragedy of love, sun and death." The story is set in and around the Spanish city of Seville.

Carmen, a beautiful and wayward gypsie girl, is loved by the soldier Don José. But Carmen is fickle and, when the dashing toreador Escamillo arrives on the scene, Don José's love turns to violent obsession, with dramatic and tragic consequences.

The opera has a savage Mediterranean beauty quite unique in music. Vibrant and tempestuous, the score includes such well-known favourites as the Habanera, Toreador's song, Grand March and Flower Song.

Surrey Opera will present the opera in an modern English translation with orchestra, professional principal singers, adult and children's choruses and flamenco dancers. It will be conducted by the artistic director, Jonathan Butcher, directed by Mark Hathaway and designed by Jill Wilson who is a Minack "veteran".

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