Russian State Opera
Wed 5 September
|SHOW INFORMATION||Q&A WITH PRODUCER ALEXEJ|
Music by Georges Bizet. Sung in French with English Surtitles
Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians
After successful opera season of Madama Butterfly and Tosca last year, Russian State Opera is back to delight you with the powerful and dramatic production of Carmen. Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville in one of Bizet’s most popular pieces.
Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo.
The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet represented, musically, the emotions and suffering of his characters.
The “Toreador Song” is among the best known of all operatic arias.
The rich and colourful vigour of the gypsies’ scenes will have you on the edge of your seat, and the vibrancy, enthusiasm and intensity of the performance will reverberate long after the final curtain.
Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all.
For more information, please visit out website www.russian-state-opera.co.uk
Tickets: £34.00 - £39.00
Groups of 8-19 receive £2.00 off a full price ticket
Groups of 20-39 receive £2.50 off a full price ticket plus the group organiser goes free
Groups of 40+ receive £3.00 off a full price ticket plus the group organiser goes free
Where applicable fees and charges are included in the stated ticket prices. An optional postage fee may apply. Fee-free booking for Wyvern Friends; Groups of 8+ please call 01793 524481 to buy fee-free.
Q&A with Producer AlexejHow do you start your day?
I would like to say, like in many interviews or movies, that I start my day with a nice cup of coffee and reading a newspaper, while listening to classical music… But this would be too obvious and not true!
So how do I start my day?! It’s a difficult one as the start of the day depends on the time of the season. Today, for example, 8 days before the start of our opening season, I woke up at 4am and could not fall back to sleep, so here I am answering questions for an interview...I am not a morning person at all!
In a more relaxed period, when there is still plenty of time before the start of the tour and we are less worried about last minute preparations, it would be a more steady start to a day- having breakfast with family before everyone disappears in different directions. When we are on tour, then each day and morning is the same. We wake up, have a quick breakfast at the hotel and get on the road to the next theatre.
What's your favourite Opera?
I must admit, I am very conservative and currently enjoy more mainstream titles. Maybe it's because I've heard Puccini’s and Verdi’s masterpieces more often than others, but they somehow feel more relatable to me. I prefer to experience the individual touches that one production makes compared to another. The small detail one might not see right away, but suddenly understands a bit later.
Do you personally get involved in the productions that you tour?
As we do work with established Russian State Theatres, we tend to rely on their vision and ideas. Having said that, we still actively participate and get involved in guiding the theatres when it comes to brand new productions. In the UK, where we tour our productions, the audience appreciates and understands the more traditional productions, therefore it’s very important to us that the visiting theatre is in full awareness of this and fully responds to the needs of the UK public.
How did it all begin and what did you learn from the first tour?
It all began in Autumn 2006, when we brought the Russian Cossacks to the UK for the first time. This was a great learning curve. You can never imagine and account for all the details that can happen when you are physically on tour. The best lesson was to be flexible and be able to quickly adapt to situations!
How long have you been touring the UK and how many productions do you stage every year?
We've been touring the UK for over 11 years now! In this period, we've organised over 25 ballet and opera tours, with more than 1000 performances. 2018 will see us performing over 140 performances across the UK.
What are the highlights of the new tour and what can audiences expect?
This season we will have three Opera productions - Carmen, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata. We are excited to work with the Mari State Opera and Ballet Theatre this year.
All three titles are eternal opera classics and as we're working with a new theatre company, audiences can expect new costumes and staging. Altogether, it will be a wonderful evening out, beautiful singing and a ‘feast for the eyes’ set.
What makes you excited about classical music?
Classical music is timeless! When performing operas and ballets, it is always exciting to imagine the time when the music was composed, and how it’s still so relevant and enjoyable today. I don’t think people will ever get tired of listening to classical music.
What is your motto while you go on tour with the cast?
Keep everything simple and ensure that over 80 people (for 6 to 10 weeks!) live like a large and happy family! My motto in life is: “Whatever is done, is for the better!”