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Carmen

Music: Georges Bizet. Libretto: Henry Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Prosper Mérimée's novel.

Productions

Opéra-Comique Paris, 1875
Her Majesty's Theatre, 1878
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1940
London Coliseum, 1970, ENO
London Coliseum, 1975, ENO
London Coliseum, 1995, ENO
London Coliseum, 1997, ENO
Royal Opera House, 2006-2007

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Opéra-Comique, Paris
First performance: 3rd March 1875 (world premiere)

CharacterPlayed By
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Her Majesty's Theatre
First performance: 22nd June 1878 (first performance in England)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
February 1940
Producer: John B. Gordon. Conductor: Lawrance Collingwood.
The Sadler's Wells Chorus - Chorus Master: Geoffrey Corbett.
The Sadler's Wells Orchestra - Leader: E. Joseph Shadwick.
Sadler's Wells Boys Choir - Choirmaster: A. W. Chapman.

Thursday 29th February 1940 7pm, programme cast
CharacterPlayed By
Morales (a Segeant of Dragoons)Sumner Austin
Michaela (a Peasant Girl)Ruth Naylor
Don Jose (a Sergeant of Dragoons)Tudor Davies
Zuniga (a Captain of Dragoons)Roderick Lloyd
Carmen (a Gipsy)Edith Coates
Frasquita (a friend of Carmen)Elsie Willis
Mercedes (a friend of Carmen)Rose Morris
Escamillo (a Toreador)Tom Williams
Il Dancairo (a Smuggler)John Hargreaves
Il Rememdado (a Smuggler)Morgan Jones
ChorusMisses Carlton, Dargavel, Earl, Edwards, Hambleton, Harding, Hellewell, Jackson, Lane, Lewtas, Price, Richman, Robles, Tanner, Thomas, Tollworthy, Willis, Wilson.
Messrs. Benn, Bertram, Booth, Brooke, Cannon, Dargavel, Evans, Greenwood, Harvey, Havard, Hodgkinson, John, McDonald, Meredith, Miller, Tree, Williams, Wiltshire

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London Coliseum
First performance: 6th May 1970
ENO

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London Coliseum
First performance: 12th February 1975
1970 production. English version: John and Nell Moody.
Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite. Producer: John Copley.
Scenery and Costumes: Stefanos Lazaridis. Principal ladies' costumes in collaboration with David Walker.
Lighting: Charles Bristow. Choreography: Peter Clegg.
Fights arranged by Ian McKay. Production rehearsed by David Ritch.

CharacterPlayed By
Morales, an officerPatrick Wheatley
Micaela, a peasant girlMargaret Curphey
Don José, a soldierAlberto Remedios
Zuniga, a lieutenantDennis Wicks
Carmen, a gypsyKatherine Pring
Frasquita, friend of CarmenAudrey Gunn
Mercedes, friend of CarmenAnne Conoley
Lilas Pastia, an inn-keeperBrian Casey
Escamillo, a toreadorGeoffrey Chard
Dancairo, smugglerJohn Kitchiner
Remendado, smugglerTerry Jenkins
An officerRichard Perett
A guideAdam Sargent

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London Coliseum
First performance: 13th September 1995
ENO

CharacterPlayed By
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London Coliseum
First performance: 24th May 1997
ENO. 1995 production.
Original Director: Jonathan Miller. Revivial Director: David Ritch.
Set Designer: Peter J Davison. Costume Designer: Sue Blane.
Lighting Designer: Tom Mannings. Choreographer: Terry John Bates.
Fight arranger: Malcolm Ranson. Staff Director: John la Bouchardière.
Conductor: Alexander Polianichko, Michael Lloyd (matinées). Assistant Conductor: Michael Lloyd.
Chorus Master: Stephen Harris. Leader: Barry Griffiths.
Music Staff: Martin Pacey.

CharacterPlayed By
Morales, a corporalPeter Snipp
MicaelaJanice Watson
24 May to 11 June except 31 May matinée
MicaelaElizabeth Woollett
31 May matinée, 13 June to 5 July except matinées
MicaelaMary Plaza
matinées on 28 June and 5 July
Zuniga, a lieutenantMark Richardson
Zuniga, a lieutenantChristopher Ross
matinées
Don José, a corporalDavid Rendall
Don José, a corporalRobert Brubaker
matinées and 1 and 3 July
CarmenLouise Winter
CarmenLeah-Marian Jones
matinées
Merceds, gypsyNerys Jones
Frasquita, gypsyMary Plazas
Frasquita, gypsySally Harrison
matinées on 28 June and 5 July
Lillas Pastia, a bar keeperBob Burgin
Escamillo, a bullfighterRobert Hayward
Escamillo, a bullfighterRoberto Salvatori
matinées and 13, 19, 21 June, 1 and 3 July
Dancairo, smugglerGarry Magee
Remendado, smugglerMark le Brocq
A GuideBrenton Surgenor
Actors and DancersSerena Cundari, Carol Grant, Kyrie Hardiman, Irene Hardy, Elizabeth Lea, Sirena Tocco, Guy Picot, Adam Pudney, Simon Rice, Juliano Shkreli, Gerardo Silano, Brenton Surgenor, Paul Walsh
ChildrenEmma Berman, Christopher Blomiley, David Blomiley, James Boxer, Tom Chandler, Felix Cloke, Oliver Coulson, Graham Epstein, Charlotte Faux, Dominic Finn, Merlin Fisher-Levine, Matthew Glyn, Jake Gordon, Hannah Gostling, Thomas Heap, Thomas Hudson, Francesca Jarero, Heulwen Keyte, Emma Lindars, Samuel Marks, Simon Maynard, Thomas Maynard, Jenny Minton, Jessica Mistovski, Zachary Pepper, Tulsi Sanyi, Nadia Staden, Matthew Taghioff, Simon Taghioff, Emily Wiles, Lisa Jane White, Natalie Wright. Children's Adviser: Peter Kay.

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Royal Opera House
8, 11, 15, 19, 22, 28, 30 December 2006, 2, 6, 8 January 2007
Co-production with Den Norske Opera.
Director: Francesca Zambello. Designs: Tanya McCallin.
Lighting: Paule Constable. Choreography: Arthur Pita.

CharacterPlayed By
Morales, a corporalJacques Imbrailo
Micaela, a country girlNorah Amsellem
Don Jose, a corporalJonas Kaufmann
Zuniga, a lieutenantMatthew Rose
Carmen, a gypsyAnna Caterina Antonacci
Frasquita, a gypsy friend of CarmenElena Xanthoudakis
8, 11, 15, 19, 22, 28, 30 December, 2, 6 January
Frasquita, a gypsy friend of CarmenAna James
8 January
Mercedes, a gypsy friend of CarmenViktoria Vizin
Lillas Pastia, owner of a tavernCaroline Lena Olsson
Escamillo, a toreroIldebrando D'Arcangelo
Le Dancaire, a smugglerJean Sebastian Bou
Le Remendado, a smugglerJean-Paul Fouchevourt
GuideAnthony Debaeck
ConductorAntonio Pappano
8, 11, 15, 19, 22, 28, 30 December, 2, 6 January
ConductorDAvid Syrus
8 January
The Royal Opera ChorusChorus Director: Renato Balsadonna
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseConcert Master: Peter Manning

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