Sempre Opera, in collaboration with the Joburg Theatre has announced its upcoming production of Carmen by George Bizet on The Mandela Stage for four performances in June.
Situated in Seville, Spain – Carmen follows a gypsy woman determined to live life on her own terms. The passionate triangle of the world-wise gypsy woman features a jealous soldier willing to lose everything for his unrequited love, and the toreador that will win her heart.
The play blends passion, seduction, jealousy, betrayal and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed. The desperate young soldier Don José is led astray from his village life and love, the adoring village girl Micaëla, as he chases the irresistible and enchanting gypsy Carmen. Her seduction and charms lead Don José into obsession and ruin when she leaves him for the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo.
Watch the promotional video below for a taste of what to expect:
Directed by the well-known baritone Danie Verster, Carmen will be fully staged and will feature the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Armonia Theatre Chorus, under the baton of Schalk van der Merwe, one of South Africa’s ambitious, upcoming conductors.
Featuring a local and international cast with both seasoned and young opera singers, the opera will be in French with English supertitles.
Carmen performances are scheduled as follows:
Sunday, 3 June at 3 pm
Tuesday, 5 June 5th at 7 pm
Friday, 8 June 8th at 7:30 pm
Sunday, 10 June at 3 pm.