Preparations for Carmen, the 2015 WO production, are well under way. The opera will be part of the Wedmore Arts Festival and 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 new 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 Jose and Tom Colwell as Escamillo. And we are also delighted to welcome back Gemma Hildred, Bethia Hourigan and Alan Philps who all starred in our 2014 production of Dido and Aeneas. They will be joined by the Wedmore Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as 20 children from Hugh Sexey’s Middle School
Festival events and dates:
Friday 3 July, 7.45pm – Clare Teal sings with Edward Leaker’s Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra.
Thursday 9 July, 4.45pm – Shenagh Govan in War Crimes for the Home.
Thursday 9 July, 8pm – comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
Friday 10 July, midday – Lunchtime Marimba Concert by Anna Newman.
Saturday 11 July, 3pm – Teatime Concert with Marie Vassiliou, Soprano and Nico de Villiers, Piano
Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday 8/10/11 July, 7.15pm –Carmen