La tragédie de Carmen

Bizet (adapted Peter Brook) - Autumn 08

A raw and visceral adaptation of Bizet’s most popular work.

Conductor 
Gareth Hancock
designer 
Sarah Bacon
Director 
Andrew Steggall

La tragédie de Carmen is opera at its most powerful, a raw and visceral adaptation of Bizet’s most popular work. Peter Brook and his collaborators have crafted a concentrated night of theatre that focuses on the fatal relationships between the gypsy, soldier, village girl and bullfighter.
The score retains all of the most famous musical moments of the original; Carmen’s Habanera and Seguidilla, Don Jose’s Flower Song, and Escamillo’s swaggering Toreador Song. Directed by Andrew Steggall, conducted by Gareth Hancock, and featuring Leah Marian Jones in the title role, with Sinead Campbell as Micaëla, David Curry as Don Jose, and Nicholas Garrett as Escamillo.
Performed in French with English surtitles.

“Very sexy and quite violent, it is both super-cool and immensely gripping”

Tim Ashely, The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    9th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    11th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    14th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  4. Malvern Theatres
    16th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  5. Malvern Theatres
    17th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  9. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    30th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  10. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    1st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  11. Theatre Royal Bath
    4th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  12. Kendal Leisure Centre
    7th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  16. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    21st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  18. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 9th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 11th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Malvern Theatres — 14th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  4. Malvern Theatres — 16th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  5. Malvern Theatres — 17th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 21st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 30th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  10. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 1st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  11. Theatre Royal Bath — 4th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  12. Kendal Leisure Centre — 7th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 13th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 15th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  15. Buxton Opera House — 17th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  16. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 21st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 25th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  18. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 27th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 28th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Gareth Hancock

Gareth Hancock

Conductor

Conductor
Gareth was born in Worcester and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Clare College, Cambridge. Opera conducting includes: Rape of Lucretia (RAM); The Marriage of Figaro (Savoy Opera); The Barber of Seville (Savoy Opera); Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, Seraglio, Spirit of Vienna (ETO); Madama Butterfly (ON); Misper (Glyndebourne Education) and, as Musical Director, Serenade To Music (St John’s, Smith Square). Recording work includes Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute and Alfie Boe (Sony BMG/Classic FM) and Puccini Highlights (Chandos).

Sarah Bacon

Sarah Bacon

designer

Sarah studied Architecture at University College Dublin, and 3D Design at Brighton University. She trained in Theatre Design at Motley. In 2009 she was a Linbury Prize finalist, and Jerwood Young Designer. Designs for opera include The Raven (Arcola, King’s Head); Phillip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles (UK premiere); The Rape of Lucretia (Arcola); La Clemenza di Tito and Susannah (Hampstead Garden Opera); La Tragedie de Carmen (English Touring Opera); Xerxes (Opera Theatre Co.); Suor Angelica, La Voix Humaine, Il Signor Bruschino, Rita, (all Wexford Festival Opera). Theatre includes Medea (The Gate/Headlong); Present Tense (Southwark Playhouse); Still the Blackbird Sings (Derry Playhouse); Starvin’ (Fitzgerald & Stapleton); costume/prop design for The Rehearsal: Playing the Dane (Pan Pan Theatre Co, Dublin Theatre Festival 2010).

Andrew Steggall

Andrew Steggall

Director

Director
Andrew trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2002 he assisted Nicholas Wright in the adaptation of His Dark Materials at the National and David Lan at the Young Vic on The Skin of Our Teeth. In 2003 Andrew established The Motion Group, a theatre company dedicated to the producing and staging of ambitious productions. He has produced and directed Over Gardens Out (Southwark Playhouse) and The Soldier’s Tale (Old Vic). In 2005 and 2006 as well as working dramaturgically on the new Iraqi play Baghdad Wedding by Hassan Abdulrazzak Andrew has assisted the German director Alfred Kirchner on Mahagonny by Kurt Weil and Das Wunderteatre by Hans Werner Henze at the international festival in Montepulciano, Tuscany; directed Reel to Reel (Theatre 503) and a staged reading of Lorca in a Green Dress (Arcola Viva Lorca Season). In 2007 Andrew directed La Tragedy de Carmen (Wexford Festival Opera) and The Lighthouse in Montepulciano, Italy. He is currently adapting and developing a stage production of the 1973 film, The Wicker Man.

Crew

Yael Loewenstein

Yael Loewenstein

Choreographer/fights

Adam Mackenzie

Adam Mackenzie

Bassonist/Carmen workshops

Adam Mackenzie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) with Robin O’Neill and Meyrick Alexander and also at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Whilst at GSMD he became the first bassoonist to reach the final of the prestigious Gold Medal competition and was awarded the runner up prize. Adam also won the Principal’s Prize for the highest mark in a final recital and was awarded a first in his undergraduate degree. During his Postgraduate year at GSMD he won the Friends of the Philharmonia Woodwind Prize through the Martin Music Scholarship Scheme and performed a bassoon and strings recital with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra. As a member of the Bozza Trio, Adam also won the Martin Music Scholarship Access and Outreach Award for community education and now regularly works as a workshop leader with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and most of the other major London orchestras. Other awards include the NYOS Staffa Prize, GSMD Woodwind Prize and the Park Lane Group. Recently, Adam has recorded two solo CDs for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, given a solo performance on Radio 3, and played a role in the Soldiers Tale play at the Old Vic. He is a freelance musician and regularly works with the Philharmonia and many of the other London orchestras. Adam is currently Director of Education at English Sinfonia.

Andrew Gourlay

Andrew Gourlay

Asst conductor/Trombone(Carmen)

Andrew conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in June 2008 in a public masterclass with Valery Gergiev. As a Scholar at the RCM Music in London, he prepared the RCM orchestras for conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop and Andrew Litton. He conducted the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra whilst studying with Alexander Polianichko in Russia. Andrew was an Assistant Conductor for all operas of the Grange Park Opera 2008 season. He has performed as concerto soloist on both the trombone and the piano. As a trombonist, he has freelanced with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia, Hallé, London Sinfonietta and Opera North. Andrew has pesented The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3. He is the Principal Conductor of the Orpheus Sinfonia and the Assistant Conductor of the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include working at the Royal Ballet as Cover Conductor for Barry Wordsworth.

Kevin Treacy

Kevin Treacy

designer

Kevin’s designs include The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndhams Theatre, West End); The Nose (The Performance Corporation – winner for Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2008); Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Kilkenny Festival); The Yokohama Delegation (Kilkenny Festival); Drive-By (Dublin Fringe Festival and Canterbury Festival); This is our Youth (Bedrock Productions); Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Hänsel und Gretel, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il viaggio a Reims, Pagliacci, The Medium and Suor Angelica (Wexford Festival Opera 2002-2008); La Tragédie de Carmen (WFO and ETO – nominated Best Opera, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2007); The Little Magic Flute (ETO and OTC); The Kiss, Hänsel und Gretel, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Xerxes (OTC).

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

zungia or gracia

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Poppy Burton Morgan

Poppy Burton Morgan

Gypsy/soldier

Leah Marian Jones

Leah Marian Jones

Carmen

David Curry

David Curry

Don Jose

Tenor

David studied at the Royal RAM and the NOS. Some of his recent operatic appearances include creating the role of Stathis Borans in the world premier of Howard Shores opera TheFly directed by David Cronenberg and conducted by Placido Domingo for Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. Tony in the 50th Aniversary Producion of West Side Story also at Theatre du Chatelet. Fiesque in the British premier of Lalo’s Fiesque for UCL in the Bloomsbury. Marco in The Gondoliers for ENO . Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance for Carl Rosa in the West End. Hoffman in a Film version of Tales of Hoffman at the Arcola Theatres Grimeborn Festival. Concerts include BBC Last Night of the Proms and a Rosenblatt Recital at St John’s Smith Square. Future Plans include returing to Le Chatelet in Paris to sing Arindal in Wagner’s Die Feen and Frederick in Sondheims A Little Night Music. David created the part of Jose in the production of La Tragedie de Carmen at the Wexford Festival in 2007.

Nicholas Garrett

Nicholas Garrett

Escamillo

Nicholas studied at Trinity College, London and is the recipient of a Wolfson foundation award. His forty stage roles include Escamillo/ Carmen (Opera North); Sourin/ Pique Dame (Scottish Opera); Basilio/ Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni (both OHP); Baron Douphol/ La Traviata, Angelotti/ Tosca, dir. David McVicar (both ENO); Lear/ The Vision of Lear, Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince/ Into the Woods (both ROH2); Fiorello/ Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera National de Paris). Recent credits include Carl Magnus/ A Little Night Music (Théâtre du Châtelet); title role/ Don Giovanni (OHP). He made his debut with the ROH Covent Garden in 2001 in Palestrina. He created the roles of Federzoni/Sagredo in the world premiere of Galilėe at the Grand Théatre de Genève. Future plans include Anthony Hope/ Sweeney Todd (Théâtre du Châtelet).

Keel Watson

Keel Watson

Born London
Training Trinity College of Music
Awards 1998 American Express Prize for Outstanding Performance
Opera Caronte L’Orfeo (ENO), Papageno The Magic Flute (Mid-Wales Opera), The Elder The Country of the Blind (Aldeburgh Festival/ENO Contemporary Opera Studio), Bosun Billy Budd (ROH), Tonio I Pagliacci (Opera Holland Park)
Concerts Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (London Symphony Orchestra), Orff Carmina Burana (RFH), Puccini Tosca (St John’s, Smith Square).
Recordings Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen (BBC cartoon, cond. Nagano), Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (Deutsche Grammaphone), guest soloist Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2)
Future Abbot Curlew River (BOC/BBC Proms 2004), Leporello Don Giovanni (Garden Opera)

Sinead Campbell-Wallace

Sinead Campbell-Wallace

Micaela

“Very sexy and quite violent, it is both super-cool and immensely gripping” Tim Ashely, The Guardian

“English Touring Opera has struck the right chord, in every sense, with
this autumn’s repertoire.” The Times

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    9th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    11th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    14th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  4. Malvern Theatres
    16th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  5. Malvern Theatres
    17th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  9. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    30th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  10. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    1st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  11. Theatre Royal Bath
    4th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  12. Kendal Leisure Centre
    7th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  16. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    21st Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  18. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

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