CARMEN

PRESS AND REVIEWS

THE STAGE
★★★★

Harry Blake's skillful reduction and the superb quartet of musicians

...(the) final, chilling confrontation with Anthony Flaum's increasingly skin-crawling Jose, her dangerously besotted former lover, feels all too grimly real.

...a strong-voiced, tight-knit cast that fully commits to the drama

...makes a powerfully direct impact no opera house can match.

A compelling version of Bizet’s impassioned masterpiece that punches well above its pared-down weight

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TIME OUT
★★★★

...in-your-face verismo

All-round good singing and clear diction highlight Norton-Hale’s intelligent English translation of the libretto.

...vivacious soprano Louisa Tee and smooth baritone Richard Immerglück

Harry Blake’s reduced score (played by pianist Berrak Dyer’s talented quartet) is perfect for this small venue, making the drama more intimate and allowing the ensemble singing to shine in its parts

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CITY AM
★★★★

pioneering

exhilarating

gutwrenching

spectacular

a vivid, psychologically rich portrayal of Carmen

 

WHATSONSTAGE
★★★★

The company's radical new Carmen is its strongest work to date: intelligently conceived, resourcefully designed and extraordinarily well sung.

...a gripping, thrilling and thought-provoking achievement. 

It's well worth getting up close with.

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THE EVENING STANDARD
★★★★

Flora McIntosh, delivered the kind of perceptive portrait rarely possible in traditional opera houses.

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THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★

intense

this production with a truly disturbing climax is genuinely thought-provoking


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THE GUARDIAN

...[Louisa] Tee also provides impressive vocalism, effectively matching Anthony Flaum’s powerful tenor as the nervy, obsessive José

...committed performances from a cast that is uniformly strong vocally

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BROADWAY WORLD

superb

amongst the best this award-winning company have presented over the last five years

a force of nature

she's [Lilly] not just eye candy, she can really sing and, in this production just as importantly, she can really act


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A YOUNGER THEATRE

Carmen fiercely asserts that “I will be free to live the way I choose”. More than any other line, this one epitomises Carmen’s character, while also emphasising the opera’s central conflict: namely, the struggle between duty and passion

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THE UPCOMING
★★★★

...revitalises the operatic genre by removing the language barrier

...a very physical experience

...emotions much more real

...striking set

...delivering instantly
recognisable tunes effortlessly.

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FRANTASTIC VIEW
★★★★★

...exquisite...breathtaking...compulsive viewing

...some of the finest acting to be seen in opera today

...a Must See

...one of the most exhilarating and dramatic productions of Bizet’s Carmen London has ever seen


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THE OBSERVER
★★★★

Touchingly vigorous musical standards.

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SUNDAY EXPRESS
★★★★

The stripped down staging brings out the raw passion of the opera

[Flora McIntosh]... a fine mezzo voice and strong acting presence.

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FRINGE OPERA
★★★★★

Robin Norton-Hale’s brave new version... reveals the true dynamics at the heart of the story

Papaioannou is a radiant Carmen, born to play the role


Pianist Berrak Dyer – a rising star on the fringe opera scene

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