Royal Academy Opera Double Bill

Thursday, 17.05.2018 19:00, Susie Sainsbury Theatre

Bizet Le docteur Miracle
Bizet/Constant La tragédie de Carmen

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

William Cole conductor 
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 Lina Dambrauskaite
Veronique Leila Zanette
Docteur Miracle Wagner Moreira
Le Podestat Paul Grant
Chorus Alex Simpson, Thomas Bennett, Shengzhi Ren, Darwin Prakash

Bizet/Constant La tragédie de Carmen

Carmen Marvic Monreal
Micaela Leslie Bickle
Don José Shengzhi Ren
Escamillo Darwin Prakash
Lila Pastia Alex Simpson
Actor Thomas Bennett
Chorus Wagner Moreira, Paul Grant

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:
Wednesday 16 May, 7pm
Friday 18 May, 7pm
Saturday 19 May, 7pm