Find out why buying a ticket to Carmen at The Lowry should be top of your to-do list this week…
Top of the Pops
Carmen regularly tops the list as one of most popular operas of all time. That’s probably because Bizet’s scorching masterpiece ticks all the boxes with its intoxicating mix of incredible tunes, dramatic scenes and a heart-breaking final act. What’s more, the story is easy to follow and, although this production is sung in French, the whole opera is surtitled in English. That means you can keep up to speed with what’s happening on stage even if your French is more than a little rusty!
Spot that Tune
Carmen includes some of opera’s most recognisable tunes. Habanera, sung by Carmen when she first appears on stage, has been used in a number of ads and in films as diverse as Magnolia, Up! and Trainspotting, while the Toreador Song has proved equally popular appearing in TV shows such as The Simpsons and Sesame Street. Quite apart from the music, Opera North’s production is a visual treat too, with balloons, a revolving bar, a bucking bronco and even a swing.
A Sensational Story
The story of Carmen has captivated people for generations and, despite having been written 150 years ago, remains just as relevant today. It tells the tale of a man who becomes infatuated with a woman he is determined to have. In this production, director Ed Dick looks at the situation from Carmen’s perspective – a women forced to do what she must to survive in a toxic, male-dominated environment.
The show features some fabulous costumes and a vast array of wigs! This is the first time American singer Chrystal E. Williams has appeared with Opera North – and the first time she’s taken on the role of Carmen, so it’s a great chance to see a rising star in the making. When asked for her thoughts on the production, Chrystal said: “The Chorus alone is stunning, the Orchestra is great, and the story is full of passion and drama. What more could you ask for? It’s a fantastic piece of theatre!”
A Fabulous – and Affordable – Night Out
This is the perfect chance to dust off your gladrags and spend a night at the opera again as Opera North brings its first full season back at The Lowry since theatres were forced to close due to the pandemic. With ticket offers for Under 30s and a Try it ON scheme for those who have never been to the opera before, it’s also a great way to enjoy a night out without breaking the bank.
If Carmen doesn’t float your boat, you could consider Bernstein Double Bill which pairs the short opera Trouble in Tahiti with West Side Story Symphonic Dances performed by Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Carmen and the Bernstein Double Bill are being performed by Opera North at The Lowry on the following dates:
Wed 10 November Carmen 7.00pm
Thu 11 November Bernstein Double Bill 7.00pm Audio described
Fri 12 November Tosca 7.00pm Audio described
Sat 13 November Bernstein Double Bill 7.00pm
Photo credit: Tristram Kenton