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Carmen 2007Chisinau National Opera, Moldova

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The Ellen Kent group's tour for Autumn 2007, as usual, contained two contrasting works, both full of good tunes and dramatic situations. One was supremely popular, Bizet's Carmen, and the other apparently less so, Verdi's Nabucco. Both productions were attractively designed in traditional stagings.

The marathon started in Edinburgh on 14 September, ending on 8 December in Oxford. There were four centres in Scotland, three in Ireland, two in Wales and 36 in England. There were 81 performances in all - 9 in Scotland. These divided into 55 of Carmen (6 in Scotland) and 26 of Nabucco (3 in Scotland). The logistics were very difficult. After opening with one performance of each opera in Edinburgh, the company immediately travelled to Southend, Hastings, Canterbury, Basingstoke and Swansea. The trio of performances in Aberdeen followed Grimsby and were succeeded by Sunderland. In mid-November, Blackpool and Carlisle were followed by Dundee, Glasgow, Liverpool and Llandudno. Amazing.

Cast details are from the main programme brochure, with additions from the cast sheet for 18 November. Who took the role of Frasquita on nights when Maria Tsonina went on as Micaëla was not specified. A horse was booked to appear in both operas in Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester, though only in Carmen in Bournemouth, Glasgow, Liverpool, Llandudno and Oxford. The other venues were, it seems, deprived of equestrian entertainment.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Robert Hvalov

Micaëla a peasant girl

Maria Tsonina

Irina Vinogradova (Nov 18)

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Nicolae Busuioc (Nov 18)

Irakli Grigali

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Valeriu Cojocaru

Carmen a gypsy

Heather Shipp

Zarui Vardanean (Nov 18)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Maria Tsonina

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Galina Bernaz

Escamillo a toreador

Petru Racovita

Dancaïre a smuggler

Anatol Arcea

Remendado a smuggler

Vasile Micusa

Performance DatesCarmen 2007

Map List

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Sep, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

9 Oct, 19.30 10 Oct, 19.30

Caird Hall | Dundee

18 Nov, 19.30

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow | Glasgow

20 Nov, 19.30 21 Nov, 19.30

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