FOURTH ANNUAL LUNENBURG SUMMER OPERA FESTIVAL
2008 brings two new productions to the Summer Opera Festival: One Night on Broadway starring South Shoreâ€™s own Jennah Barry, and an in-concert presentation of Bizetâ€™s Carmen.
One Night on Broadway
Friday June 20, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg
written and directed by Mary Knickle
Jennah Barry and accompanist Heather Brill present an evening of musical theatre. Jennah is no stranger to the South Shore and Nova Scotia audiences.Â As a student in the South Shore she has won many awards (including provincials) in Musical Theatre and vocal categories.Â After two years at Humber College in Toronto, and performing professionally, Jennah takes to the stage again singing some of your favourite musical theatre songs.Â She plays a budding actress that heads off to the big apple to audition for a performing arts school.Â There she experiences the trials and tribulations of the acting world, the roller coaster ride of relationships and then the triumph of the spirit all through comedic, dramatic and romantic Broadway songs.
Donâ€™t miss this!
Carmen by Georges Bizet
in French, with projected English translation
June 14, Thâ€™Yarc, Yarmouth (no chorus)
June 16, Kingâ€™s Theatre, Annapolis Royal (no chorus)
June 19, Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne (with adult chorus)
June 21, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg (adult and childrenâ€™s chorus)
all shows start at 8 pm
Nina Scott-Stoddart, mezzo soprano (Carmen)
Lenard Whiting, tenor (Don Jose)
Andrew Tees, baritone (Escamillo)
Cara Adams, soprano (Micaela)
Robert Milne, bass (Zuniga)
Sarah Barrett-Ives, soprano (Frasquita)
Sarah Townsend, mezzo (Mercedes)
Edward Franko, tenor Remendado)
Joshua Whelan, baritone (Dancairo/Morales)
Tara Scott, music director and accompanist
MCO Chorus â€” Rachel Grantham, conductor, Jane Christiansen, rehearsal accompanist
SYNOPSIS of CARMEN
| Act I
A Square in Seville, Spain, 1830s
On a square in Seville, there is a cigarette factory and a guard house. Corporal MoralÃ©s tries to pick up Micaela, who comes searching for Don JosÃ©, a corporal of the dragoons. The changing of the guard is about to begin and a band of street urchins parody the guardsâ€™ drill. A bell rings, announcing a break for the girls from the cigarette factory, who then emerge languidly smoking their cigarettes. But all eyes, except those of Don JosÃ©, remain riveted on the factory door, as everyone awaits the arrival of â€œLa Carmencita,â€ who comes out last singing the sultry â€œHabaÃ±era.â€ Don JosÃ©â€™s indifference is rewarded by Carmen with a flower, which she throws at him as she re-enters the factory. Micaela returns and brings Don JosÃ© money and news of his mother. They sing an extended duet, full of charm but devoid of passion.Shouts from the factory announce that someone has been stabbed. One faction accuses Carmen. Zuniga, a captain, sends Don JosÃ© to investigate. He emerges with Carmen in tow. She insolently responds to Zunigaâ€™s questions only by humming. Zuniga instructs JosÃ© to tie her hands and write an arrest warrant. Carmen flirts with JosÃ©, asking him to set her free, since she knows that he is in love with her. JosÃ© at first resists, but gives in and loosens her ties as the crowd frustrates the soldiersâ€™ pursuit.
| Act II
The tavern of Lillas Pastia
A crowd of soldiers, as well as gypsies, including Carmen, MercÃ©dÃ¨s, and Frasquita, is drinking, smoking, and singing. The soldiers include Zuniga, who lets Carmen know that JosÃ© is being released from jail that very day. At this moment, amidst much commotion, the famous matador, Escamillo enters the tavern. He is clearly attracted to Carmen, but she dismisses both he and Zuniga, clearly taken with the prospect of again seeing Don JosÃ©, whom she expects at any moment. Lillas Pastias closes the tavern and, immediately, the smugglers, Remendado, and Dancairo emerge. Together with MercÃ©dÃ¨s, Frasquita, and Carmen they plot the future. But Carmen tells them they must go without her because she is in love and has unfinished business. Their protests are to no avail. Don JosÃ© arrives and Carmen is intent on seducing him, when to her great fury, she is interrupted by the sound of â€œretreat,â€ which calls Don JosÃ© back to barracks. Though he adores her, he says, he must obey. Just then Zuniga returns and orders JosÃ© out. Don JosÃ© defies him and draws his sword against his superior officer. He now has no option but to join the smugglersâ€™ band.
| Act III
A rocky spot on the frontier
The smugglers are preparing to carry their contraband. JosÃ© is there, unable to reconcile himself with his new status as a deserter. Carmen joins him, and itâ€™s clear that her passion is over and the affair is winding down. Frasquita and MercÃ©dÃ¨s join Carmen and throw the cards on the ground. Carmen foresees death and her fatalistic creed means she cannot evade it. They go to help the smugglers, and JosÃ© is left alone on watch. Micaela, led by a guide, comes looking for him. She hides when JosÃ© unsuccessfully takes a shot at a stranger, who turns out to be Escamillo. The matador admits heâ€™s come looking for a girl he fancies, who once loved a dragoon. JosÃ© and Escamillo fight and are separated by the arrival of the smugglers and Carmen. Escamillo invites the whole band to his next bullfight in Seville. Micaela is discovered, and Carmen advises JosÃ© to go to his dying mother, as Micaela has pled.
| Act IV
Outside the bullring in Seville
The act opens as a festive parade with the various elements of the quadrille and townsfolk. Escamillo enters with Carmen by his side. He embraces her and they pledge their love for one another. Frasquita and MercÃ©dÃ¨s find Carmen and warn her that JosÃ© is lurking in the crowd, but Carmen will not hide. She confronts him alone, but will not listen as his pleas turn to threats. As the crowd is heard cheering Escamillo, she hurls at JosÃ© the ring he once gave her. In a fit of jealous rage, he stabs her and surrenders as the crowd starts to leave the bullring.