With Carmen, the 2015 WO production, heading the line-up, this year’s Wedmore Arts Festival looks set to be the biggest and best yet. The Festival includes an exciting mix of events, with something to suit every taste. There’s Literature, Jazz, Drama, Music, Comedy … and of course Opera.
The latest Festival event to be confirmed is Joanna Trollope whose hugely successful contemporary fiction throws a fascinating and insightful light on to modern situations and relationships.
Carmen and some of the Festival events will take place in a brand new state-of-the-art theatre space similar to a circus tent. It provides blackout, a built-in lighting rig, raked seating, warmth and a good view of the stage, wherever you are sitting – all under one big-top style roof.
This production of Carmen has been inspired by the art and poetry of Spain in the late 1920s “ …No one knows you…” wrote Lorca at that time. “No. But I sing of you. I sing for others your profile and grace.”
Professionals have been cast in the lead roles. Soloists include Marie Elliott as Carmen, Ben Thapa as Don José and Tom Colwell as Escamillo. And we are also delighted to welcome back Gemma Hildred, Bethia Hourigan, Alan Philps and John Pumphrey who have all sung with WO before. They will be joined by the Wedmore Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as 20 children from Hugh Sexey’s Middle School.
The full line-up for the week is:
Friday 3 July, 7.45pm – Clare Teal sings with Edward Leaker’s Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra
Thursday 9 July, 2pm – best-selling author Joanna Trollope in conversation with Francine Stock
Thursday 9 July, 4.45pm – Shenagh Govan in War Crimes for the Home
Thursday 9 July, 8pm – an evening of comedy with Marcus Brigstocke.
Friday 10 July, midday – Lunchtime Marimba Concert by Anna Newman.
Saturday 11 July, 3pm – Afternoon Delights, a teatime concert with Marie Vassiliou, Soprano and Nico de Villiers, Piano
Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday 8/10/11 July, 7.15pm –Carmen