The Opera Theatre Company’s new production of Carmen will be performed in An Táin Theatre, Thursday, May 16 at 7.30pm,
The production will mesmerise both young and old alike with it’s instantly recognisable tunes and irresistible score.
This production will be conducted by Andrew Synnott, directed by Gavin Quinn and designed by Aedín Cosgrove.
With acclaimed Irish mezzo soprano, Imelda Drumm in the title role and the brilliant American tenor, Michael Wade-Lee as her smitten soldier, Don José, who has abandoned sweet Micaela, sung by Mairéad Buicke, and Owen Gilhooly taking the role of Escamillo, it is guaranteed that sparks will fly!
The initial success of Bizet’s Carmen depended more on people’s curiosity to see a piece that had been described as “immoral”, than on a public appreciation for the music and libretto.
The first opera to have a working class anti-hero, this story of a regular Joe and his obsession with a woman who wouldn’t be accepted by polite society, was seen as shocking, with music that was too passionate, too novel and too Germanic for the conservative French audiences of the time.
Sadly, Bizet passed away before Carmen achieved the popular success it maintains to this day.
Early booking is strongly advised and tickets are now available at the Tain box office which is opened 10am-4pm or can be contacted at 042 9392919.
The Opera Theatre Company is the national touring company of Ireland and was founded to create high quality opera productions, sung in English, that can be presented anywhere, from a church, to a community centre, or from a 600 seater theatre, to a 100 seater arts centre.
Opera Theatre Company has had national and international success with a number of baroque and early classical operas, as well as operas from the 20th century.