Creating Carmen is more than a concert; it occupies the borders between a play and a concert, with 60/40 music to spoken word. It is a fully staged, costumed and professionally lit show for three musicians and two actors. The main characters are Prosper Mérimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based, and Carmen herself, as imagined by Mérimée.
Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up in his study, larger than life, with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Which one of them controls the narrative? And what happens when Carmen discovers the nasty ending Mérimée has planned for her?
Come and enjoy a fun-filled evening of fantasy, comedy, drama, and tremendous music, researched and arranged by CarmenCo for guitars and flute/voice from Bizet’s “Carmen” and Spanish and Spanish-inspired music by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albeniz.
CarmenCo are Emily Andrews (mezzo-soprano and flute) and David Massey (guitar), the Andrews-Massey duo who played at Music in Peebles a few years ago. Now Emily’s husband, Francisco Correa (guitar), has joined them, together with actors, Alice Imelda and Niall Ashdown, and writer/director, Clare Norburn.
To find out more about CarmenCo, see their website carmenco.co.uk