Thu30Apr2020tbcSt Johns Church, Stranraer, Scotland
Creating Carmen in Stranraer
Myself, David Massey and Francisco Correa are so excited to be bringing our Creating Carmen show to Stranraer!
Creating Carmen is more than a concert. It occupies the borders between a play and a concert. It is a fully staged show for three musicians and two actors. The central character is Prosper Merimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based.
Merimée had a colourful personal life; he had numerous affaires including with George Sand and wrote a series of letters to an anonymous woman for over 40 years. Our show imagines that these wild escapades fired his imagination, leading to the creation one of the most infamous femme fatale characters of all time.
Our show intertwines specially-arranged music from Bizet's Carmen and other Spanish and Spanish-inspired music including by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel, Delibes and Albeniz
The project is a collaboration with writer Clare Norburn, who has developed a series of concert/plays which have toured to most of the UK’s leading venue and festivals, and director Nicholas Renton.
"What is most impressive about Norburn’s conception is the way various strata and elements combine and cohere so effortlessly. Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama" - Opera Today.
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