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”.

Conductor Jonathan Butcher
Director Mark Hathaway
CarmenShaunaid Amette
Alison Crookendale
Don JoséConor King
Philip Pooley
EscamilloTim Armstrong-Taylor
Anthony Graves
MicaelaRachael Chapman
Susan Clements-Loftus
FrasquitaSusan Clements-Loftus
Emma Caddick
MercedesErin Johnson
ZunigaAnthony Graves
Paul Bray
MoralesCleveland Williams
DancairoTrevor Conner
Simon Rowe
RemendadoMark Millidge
Clive Bebee
Lillas Pastia Lawrence Reed