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Ensemble

Psychological Portraits

Opera North's 'Carmen',
experienced by MIKE WHEELER

 

Those who like their Carmen to look like an animated bullfight poster are going to be disappointed (Opera North, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 22 February 2011). We are in Seville, yes, but this is Seville, Ohio, where director Daniel Kramer creates an atmosphere of male fantasies, bullying and simmering violence. In the first two acts, at least, it is a trailer-trash world of lurid colours and equally lurid behaviour...

Copyright © 28 February 2011 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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GEORGES BIZET

CARMEN

OPERA NORTH

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

PETER AUTY

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

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