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Carmen 2005Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

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The 59th season at Haddo brought a fourth staging of Carmen at Haddo that was conducted by James Grossmith, Scottish Opera's chorus master. A version of the score slightly reduced by Lara Taylor was used for the first time, using a nineteen piece band. As well as being cheaper to employ, this was undoubtedly kinder to the young, fresh voices generally used in Haddo productions.

As usual, the cast included a judicious mix of youth and experience, with David Stephenson returning home for a brief visit to repeat a role he had first performed back in 1991. Allison Cook and Gordon Wilson also had established careers. The highly promising South African bass Vuyani Mlinde made his Scottish debut before joining Covent Garden. Most of the other principals were current students or recent graduates of the Alexander Gibson Opera School in Glasgow.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Jerry Dennis

Micaëla a peasant girl

Shuna Scott Sendall

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Gordon Wilson

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Vuyani Mlinde

Carmen a gypsy

Allison Cook

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Edda Hrund Hardardóttir

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Rowan Hellier

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Mike Cooper

Escamillo a toreador

David Stephenson

Dancaïre a smuggler

Douglas Nairne

Remendado a smuggler

Luis Garcia

Performance DatesCarmen 2005

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Haddo House Hall | Ellon, Aberdeenshire

13 Apr, 19.30 15 Apr, 19.30 16 Apr, 19.30

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