In February 2019, The Nomads in association with Rogue Opera present
Saturday 23rd February at 7:30pm
Tickets: £14 for adults, £12 for students
FORMER SOLDIER STABS GYPSY EX-LOVER TO DEATH
Carmen – fiery, daring and uncompromising – meets José, a soldier with a past…
Carmen and the Gypsies live a bohemian life, seeking freedom outside of the law. José, drawn to Carmen and this unconventional world, is torn between love, duty and honour. Micaëla, innocent and pious, represents a simpler way of life and the charismatic bullfighter Escamillo soon becomes a rival for Carmen’s affections.
Set against some of the most recognisable music in opera, this drama is a serious and still-relevant examination of violence, obsession and the struggle of a complex and spirited woman striving for independence and choice in life and love.
Rogue Opera’s fully staged intimate production is sung in French with English surtitles. Our cast of 6 singer-actors perform multiple roles and, along with our dancer and pianist, strip away the pomp and pageantry to present a raw and intimate piece of theatre. With the audience close enough to see blood, sweat and tears and to feel the vibration of every note, Bizet’s thrilling and captivating music is raw, powerful and intimate. Our talented cast and creative team are all professionals with backgrounds including Longborough Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Chorus, English National Opera Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and all perform regularly as soloists throughout the UK and Europe.
About Rogue Opera
Passionate about bringing top-class opera productions to diverse spaces and communities, Rogue Opera creates intimate touring productions for new venues and audiences, offering a different experience of classic opera.
Rogue Opera was established at the end of 2017 by Bronwen Stephens-Harding – director, singer and marketeer.
Passionate about bringing Opera to new spaces and audiences, Rogue Opera creates intimate productions which can be staged almost anywhere. Through our strong focus on acting and staging, we aim to present the composers’ incredible music – and the performers’ incredible voices – in ways which are accessible to both first-time audiences and connoisseurs. Our productions are sung in the original language, with English surtitles, for audiences of 50-150 people, with piano accompaniment. Close enough to see blood, sweat and tears and to feel the vibration of every note, a Rogue Opera performance is live theatre at its most personal. As well as presenting shows in traditional spaces in London, St Albans, Bournemouth and Deal, we’ve also transformed a 15th-century barn in Kent into a theatre for 90 people and brought a special show to a north London Synagogue.
Rogue Opera’s talented cast and creative team are all professionals with backgrounds including Longborough Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Chorus, English National Opera Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe. Director and singer, Bronwen Stephens-Harding, returned to music in 2012. She is delighted to now be able to call on her years of corporate events and marketing experience to fulfil Rogue Opera’s mission to bring top-class intimate productions to audiences around the UK and Europe.
In our first production of Bizet’s Carmen, for 6 singers, dancer and piano, we stripped away the pomp and pageantry to present a raw and intimate piece of theatre, examining the power dynamics between people and Carmen’s struggle to find independence and control in her life, love and friendships. Carmen and the Gypsies seek a bohemian life, finding freedom outside of the law. José, drawn to Carmen and this unconventional world, is torn between love, duty and honour. Micaëla, innocent and pious, represents a simpler way of life, and the charismatic bullfighter Escamillo soon becomes a rival for Carmen’s affections. The dramatic resolution of the story was shocking and unconventional in depicting such violence on stage at its 1875 premiere and the drama is still relevant today – a serious and thought-provoking story underlying some of opera’s most recognisable music.