Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Carmen on Sydney Harbour (opera)

I am thoroughly enjoying the extended arts programming at Cineworld at the moment, especially since there is such great variety. Plays, ballets, live concerts, operas ... 

The next screening that looks like it should be very impressive is a performance of Georges Bizet's powerful opera Carmen which was staged on a platform suspended above Sydney Harbour! The brainchild of Australian theatre director Gale Edwards, this Carmen has been designed by Brian Thomson (set) and Julie Lynch (costume) to be visually stunning with hordes of richly clothed singers and dancers. The cast will include Israeli-born mezzo soprano Rinat Shaham as Carmen, Dmytro Popov as Don Jose and Andrew Jones as Escamillo, together with Nicole Car, Ariya Sawadivong, Tania Ferris and Sam Roberts-Smith. Rinat Shaham is being acclaimed as perhaps the best Carmen ever!

Naive young solider Don Jose becomes so enthralled by fiery gypsy Carmen that he deserts the army and abandons his childhood sweetheart. But Carmen soon falls for glamorous, dashing toreador Escamillo instead. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose exacts a terrible revenge.

Cineworld, Thu 1st Aug, 19:30.
Tickets £10.50 adults, £8.40 concessions, available online by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.
Running time approx 150 minutes.

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