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What's On - Opera - Carmen – Georges Bizet


27 Aug  – 4 Sept
Belcombe, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LZ

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Conductor:   Oliver Gooch
Director:   James Hurley
Designer:   Holly Pigott
Lighting design:   Ben Pickersgill
Orchestra:   CHROMA chamber Ensemble

To be announced

No opera is more requested. No opera is so anticipated. And no opera is more beloved than Bizet’s Carmen, presented for the first time in Iford Arts history. Carmen, the brazen and indomitable seductress, lives in the fast lane, avid for existence. The fiery gypsy gets any man she wants—and then gets rid of him when a better one comes along. When she sets her sights on Corporal Don José, he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s smitten and gives up everything—his career, his mother, even the girl he’s going to marry—to be with the sultry siren. For a while, they revel in passion. But then Carmen meets a famous matador and dumps Don José in a heartbeat. This time, though, she has finally pushed a man too far.

And then there is the music! Carmen is so packed full of memorable melodies that it’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. From the barnstorming orchestral Prelude to the macho Toreador Song, via the sexy Habanera and sultry Seguidilla, this is like a nineteenth-century collection of three-minute pop songs from start to finish.

Iford’s new Artistic Director, Oliver Gooch, takes to the podium and James Hurley, whose inventive staging of L’elisir d’amore in 2018 garnered great reviews, makes a welcome return. Our stunning geodesic dome hosts this new production in the round in the breath taking environs of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court.

‘It was like stepping into an alternate universe. A beautiful house, exquisite grounds, ample nooks and crannies for picnics, a thousand twinkling candles…I want everyone I know to have the pleasure of coming, if only once’

‘Belcombe as a venue was outstanding. The attention to detail, the lighting throughout the garden, made the evening truly magical and one of the best events we have attended for many years’

‘We were very impressed with the Dome which allowed comfortable seating, good visibility and acoustics. Also, to see Belcombe House all lit up after dark was truly a sight to behold’








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