Carmen Poster


2008 brings two new productions to the Summer Opera Festival: One Night on Broadway starring South Shore’s own Jennah Barry, and an in-concert presentation of Bizet’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.  As a student in the South Shore she has won many awards (including provincials) in Musical Theatre and vocal categories.  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.  She plays a budding actress that heads off to the big apple to audition for a performing arts school.  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.

Don’t miss this!


Carmen by Georges Bizet

in French, with projected English translation
in concert

June 14, Th’Yarc, Yarmouth (no chorus)
June 16, King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal (no chorus)
June 19, Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne (with adult chorus)
June 21, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg (adult and children’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 — Rachel Grantham, conductor, Jane Christiansen, rehearsal accompanist


Act I
A Square in Seville, Spain, 1830s

On a square in Seville, there is a cigarette factory and a guard house. Corporal Moralés tries to pick up Micaela, who comes searching for Don José, a corporal of the dragoons. The changing of the guard is about to begin and a band of street urchins parody the guards’ 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 José, remain riveted on the factory door, as everyone awaits the arrival of “La Carmencita,” who comes out last singing the sultry “Habañera.” Don José’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 José 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 José to investigate. He emerges with Carmen in tow. She insolently responds to Zuniga’s questions only by humming. Zuniga instructs José to tie her hands and write an arrest warrant. Carmen flirts with José, asking him to set her free, since she knows that he is in love with her. José at first resists, but gives in and loosens her ties as the crowd frustrates the soldiers’ pursuit.
Act II
The tavern of Lillas Pastia

A crowd of soldiers, as well as gypsies, including Carmen, Mercédès, and Frasquita, is drinking, smoking, and singing. The soldiers include Zuniga, who lets Carmen know that José 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 José, whom she expects at any moment. Lillas Pastias closes the tavern and, immediately, the smugglers, Remendado, and Dancairo emerge. Together with Mercédès, 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 José arrives and Carmen is intent on seducing him, when to her great fury, she is interrupted by the sound of “retreat,” which calls Don José back to barracks. Though he adores her, he says, he must obey. Just then Zuniga returns and orders José out. Don José defies him and draws his sword against his superior officer. He now has no option but to join the smugglers’ band.
A rocky spot on the frontier

The smugglers are preparing to carry their contraband. José is there, unable to reconcile himself with his new status as a deserter. Carmen joins him, and it’s clear that her passion is over and the affair is winding down. Frasquita and Mercédès 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 José is left alone on watch. Micaela, led by a guide, comes looking for him. She hides when José unsuccessfully takes a shot at a stranger, who turns out to be Escamillo. The matador admits he’s come looking for a girl he fancies, who once loved a dragoon. José 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 José 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 Mercédès find Carmen and warn her that José 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 José 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.