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, 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.
This production will be conducted by Andrew Synnott, directed by Gavin Quinn and designed by Aedín Cosgrove. With Imelda Drumm in the title role and 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!
This production will also see new Young Associate Artist Maria Hughes taking on the role of Mercedes.
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