Carmen: a Spanish Inquisition
State Opera Studio 2011
A man stands in the dock. His crime? The murder of the most famous heroine in operatic history…
Set after the final tragic music has died away, Carmen: a Spanish Inquisition finds us back in Lillas Pastia’s tavern, hearing the final summing up of evidence in the trial after Carmen’s murder. Bizet himself is in the dock – although he doesn’t always take the proceedings as seriously as the Judge would like him to.
The 60 Minute Opera team create engaging studio adaptations of main stage operas. Students and adults alike are drawn into the characters and music, gaining a wealth of understanding of the musical and historical background to the opera which enhances their experience of the State Opera dress rehearsal.
Congratulations on such a fun and engaging way to introduce school kids to opera. The show was a real treat!
Presented in association with The State Opera of South Australia.
Supported by The State Opera of South Australia & Friends of the State Opera of SA.
Images by Photografeo
Music by Georges Bizet
Devised and adapted by Cheryl Pickering
Translated by Richard Chew
Director: Cheryl Pickering
Musical Director: Richard Chew
Designer: Bec Francis
Lighting Designer: Sue Grey-Gardener
Production Manager: Emma O’Neill
Carmen: Sally-Anne Russell
Escamillo: Andrew Turner
Don Jose: Robert Macfarlane
Micaela: Deborah Caddy
Frasquita: Kate Wyatt
Mercedes: Sarah-Jane Pattichis
Georges Bizet: Nick Martin
Special Guest: Judge Susanne Cole as herself
Flamenco Dancer: Marsha Weston
Flamenco Singer: Salvador “el Titi” Flores
Flamenco Guitar: Alain Valodze