Operatic debut in ‘Carmen’

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Five Calderdale children will make their operatic debut in a production of ‘Carmen’ at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, next month.
The five young people, all students at Stagecoach Theatre Arts which meets at Brighouse High School on Saturdays, will sing with the Russian State Ballet and Opera House on Thursday, March 6.

Grace Turner, Eloise Scoley, Bronwyn Williams, Freya Hatfield and Annie Wright, all aged 10-13 years, will appear with an impressive cast and live orchestra of more than 30 musicians.

Producer Alexej Ignatow said: “Our long-term project is to try hard to involve local choirs and integrate them into future productions.”

Stagecoach principal Chris Salvador said: “It will be a fantastic experience for my students to be part of such a great company surrounded by professional opera singers. They will be singing in French as well so they have been hard at work learning their parts.”

After a successful tour with ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘La Boheme’ in 2013, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is now back on tour with Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and ‘La Traviata’.

‘Carmen’ tells a timeless story in four acts of love, jealousy and violence in the Spanish city of Seville in the 19th century.

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.

‘Carmen’ is an opera that particularly appeals to young people, and has been a crowd favourite since its creation.

It will be presented at the Victoria Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets are on 01422 351158 or www.opera-tickets.co.uk.