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8Mar/050

A night at the opera – Bizet’s Carmen

This past Saturday, my lurvely girlfriend Laura took me to see George Bizet's Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall. I'd never been to the opera before, but Laura's a bit of a veteran and suggested the classic Carmen might be a good, light and more importantly, conscious beginning to my operatic patronage career. Carmen, I imagine, is something akin to Les Miserables in terms accessibility to new comers and this production in particular was even more so thanks to the dialog being in English. The venue could not possibly have been more grand or apt and to make the experience even more enjoyable, Laura booked us a pair of Grand Tier seats, which yielded a very good vantage point of both the stage and orchestra... oh, and at least one passed out old guy. The producer had the good sense to place the stage directly in the middle of the hall, making for 360 degree viewing and creating a sense of space not vaguely approachable otherwise. Good use of lighting and props further enchanted the scene and made for a believable Spanish setting in which this tale of love, betrayal and ultimately death, is played out with charming realism. More information about Carmen and other upcoming events can be found on the Royal Albert Hall website.

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