Operatic tale of passion

Bizet’s operatic masterpiece Carmen will be performed at Derby’s Assembly Rooms on Thursday, March 28, in a production courtesy of the award-winning Ellen Kent.

Reviving her role as promoter after a four-year break, Ellen Kent is taking her own shows on the road again this year. And she has chosen the fiery wilfulness of Carmen to mark the return of Opera and Ballet International.

After two tours of Madama Butterfly and La Traviata under another promoter, director/producer Ellen is back in Derby with this performance, starting at 7.30pm.

It’s a trip down memory lane for Ellen, who grew up in the beautiful surroundings of Andalucia in Spain.

She said: “I’m starting from scratch with Carmen; there’ll be brand new sets influenced by the wonderful paintings of Goya and reflecting the architecture of Seville with its balconies, orange trees, fountains and flowers.

“It is hot, dusty, Moorish architecture with that amazing coloured stone. The costumes will also reflect Goya’s paintings of the Spanish people of that era. And of course, it’s all set against the backdrop of the bullring. It’ll look magnificent.”

The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Chisinau perform, mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova as Carmen.

Call 01332 255800 for tickets.