Opera & Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent production Bizet Carmen. Picture: Ellen Kent Hackney Empire Foyer
AWARD-WINNING opera producer Ellen Kent returns to University Concert Hall, Limerick on Saturday November 7 at 8pm, after critically acclaimed tours of Madama Butterfly, Traviata and Rigoletto, bringing the heat and passion of Spain in this magnificent production of Carmen, inspired by Ellen Kent’s years in Andalucía as a teenager.
With a brand new set which reflects the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences.
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.
Ellen has performed many exciting productions of Carmen in her 24 years of being an opera producer, from an outdoor performance in the beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent, two sell-out performances played to thousands of people and which caused major traffic jams on M20, to the visit to the Middle East in 2004 where she entertained the Emir of Qatar and 3,500 Royal guests for the first ever performance of Carmen to be performed in the Gulf, screened live on Al Jazeera Television.
Introducing Liza Kadelnik the celebrated international mezzo-soprano from the Romanian National Opera, together with the stunning international Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Stoianova as Carmen.
Pre-Opera Supper: Why not really make the most of your evening by beginning with a pre-opera supper in the beautiful, newly refurbished River Bistro (just a 1 minute stroll from UCH). Main course, dessert, glass of wine and tea/coffee – €25 Friends of UCH / €29 Non Friends. Can be booked via UCH.
“A star was born” (Nadezhda Stoianova) Manchester Evening News, Carmen
“A Spanish treat for opera lovers” Bristol Evening Post
“It is a stunning show, worth five stars all the way through” Brighton Argus
“Sexy Carmen is a feast for the eyes and ears” Edinburgh Evening News
*Sung in French with English surtitles
University Concert Hall, Limerick
Saturday 7th November, 8pm
Tickets: €39 / €36.50 / €25 Conc. Available (Booking fees apply)
Booking: 061 331549 / Tickets HERE.
Read more about events at UCH here.
Check out more events in Limerick here.