Royal Academy Opera Double Bill

Wednesday, 16.05.2018 19:00, Susie Sainsbury Theatre

Tickets: £15-£30 (concessions £5 off) from the Academy’s Box Office 

Bizet Le docteur Miracle
Bizet/Constant La tragédie de Carmen

Gareth Hancock conductor (16 and 18 May)
James Hurley director (Le docteur Miracle)
Jeanne Pansard-Besson director (La tragédie de Carmen)
Neil Irish set and costume designer
Jake Wiltshire lighting designer

Bizet Le docteur Miracle

Laurette Alexandra Oomens
Veronique Frances Gregory
Docteur Miracle Hiroshi Amako
Le Podestat Sung Kyu Choi
Chorus Alex Simpson, Thomas Bennett, Freddie De Tommaso, Niall Anderson

Bizet/Constant La tragédie de Carmen

Carmen Hannah Poulsom
Micaela Emilie Cavallo
Don José Freddie De Tommaso
Escamillo Niall Anderson
Lila Pastia Alex Simpson
Actor Thomas Bennett
Chorus Hiroshi Amako, Sung Kyu Choi

Royal Academy Opera’s summer production features authentic and reworked Bizet. Written when he was just 18 years old, and for which he was awarded joint first prize in a competition organised by Offenbach, Le docteur Miracle is a little gem; witty and light, with shades of Rossini and Donizetti, this comedy set in the mayor’s house in Padua features the famous ‘Omelette Quartet’.

In contrast, Peter Brook’s reworking of Bizet’s most famous work, Carmen, delves into the dark psychological relationships between the four main characters. Omitting the chorus and other principal roles, Marius Constant reorchestrated the score for an ensemble of 15 players, still managing to embrace a wonderful and varied soundworld. The two casts are conducted by different conductors, with Director of Opera Gareth Hancock sharing the podium with Repetiteur Fellow William Cole.

Further performances:
Thursday 17 May, 7pm
Friday 18 May, 7pm
Saturday 19 May, 7pm