Did you see the wonderful Matthew Bourne's Christmas on TV recently? I think it was on More4. The programme was an hour of his choreographed dances and I mention it here because one dance was The Car Man, his interpretation of Bizet's Carmen.
The full Carmen opera is being brought to Eastbourne's Congress Theatre on the 9th of January, the second in a pair of operas produced by Ellen Kent's Opera and Ballet International, so we are promised an amazing visual spectacle as well as great music and singing. The new production is directed by Ellen Kent and will hopefully star the mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova. Nadia's past portrayals of Carmen have been very well received. According to Ellen Kent's website, some venues will also see the inclusion of a donkey and a white stallion - is the Congress able to accommodate animal stars?
Set in Seville, the stage will feature romantic fountains, flowers and orange trees. The 'best-loved melodies in opera' will be played by the full Chisinau National Philharmonic orchestra (10 points to everyone who already knew Chisinau is the capital of Moldova - I had to Google it!) and the words will be sung in French with English surtitles.
Congress Theatre, Sat 9th Feb, 19:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.