AWARD-WINNING opera producer Ellen Kent returns to the University Concert Hall this November with Bizet’s Carmen.
Ms Kent returns to the UCH after critically acclaimed tours of Madama Butterfly, Traviata and Rigoletto, bringing the heat and passion of Spain in this magnificent production of Carmen, inspired in part by her years in Andalucía as a teenager.
The brand new set reflects the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influence. Carmen is the story of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder.
The opera includes some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in opera –The Habanera, The Seguidilla, The Flower Song, The Chanson Bohème and perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all The Toreador’s Song.
The opera producer has performed many exciting productions of Carmen in her 24 year career, from an outdoor performance in the beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent to the Middle East in 2004 where she entertained the Emir of Qatar and 3,500 Royal guests.
She will be a guest speaker at the latest Music Appreciation Series in the UCH.
On November 2, days before the full scale opera is presented at the venue, Ms Kent will explore the story of Carmen, delving into the magnificent arias and recounting her personal experiences of bringing this iconic opera to life on stage.
Stuart O’Sullivan and Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin will also speak in the series.
Carmen takes to the UCH stage on Saturday, November 7. See www.uch.ie for more details and to book tickets.