Bath Opera Newsletter No10. July 2012

Carmen – Touring Production

Our production of Carmen is up and running! Having completed 5 performances so far, the company are on top-form, showing strength, skill and passion in our chamber – style production, accompanied by Peter Blackwood and directed by Jane Clark, making her Bath Opera Directorial debut. Jane has created a sexy, sassy and exciting 21st Century production, seeing Escamillo (sung by Oli Hounsell), as a professional footballer, and his fellow men as security guards, rather than Toreadors. Sophie Yelland brings sex and a sense of naivity together as a provocative Carmen, and Rupert Drury plays the easily-led Don Jose with passion and courage. There are a myriad of singers involved in the production, some of whom you will recognise from previous Bath Opera productions, including; Judy Davis as Mercedes, fresh from her role in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades; Following last year’s successful run of Marriage of Figaro, Hannah Lockwood brings some fire to the role of Micaela, and we welcome Jessica Hemley as Frasquita, marking her Bath Opera debut.

The production has been a big hit so far, and received high acclaim in Seend, Bradford on Avon, Bath and Lyncombe.

It is an exciting production, which is leaving audiences stunned and astonished. Don’t miss this successful production as we complete the tour this weekend.

Tell Me More…

You still have a few opportunities to see Carmen as we complete our tour of the local area.

Wednesday 25th July 2012 – Neeld Hall, Chippenham – Tickets £12/6, available on 01249 665970

Thursday 26th July 2012 and Friday 27th July 2012 – Great Chalfield Manor – Tickets £35, available on 01225 782239

Saturday 28th July 2012 – Warminster Athenaeum – Tickets £12.50, available on 01985 213891

BathOpera is not responsible for advertising and selling tickets for all of the performances, but keep an eye on your e-newsletters and our website (, and we will endeavour to keep you up-to-date on all performances, including how to get your tickets.

So What’s Next…?

BathOpera are very excited to announce that our next full-scale production will be Verdi’s Nabucco. If you joined us for our open rehearsal, or saw our performance at Bath’s Party In The City, you will remember hearing our passionate rendition of the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, arguably one of Verdi’s finest choruses, and taken from Nabucco. Nabucco is a passionate opera, full of tunes you’ll walk away whistling, and we are very proud that after his successful and exciting production of Luisa Miller in 2010, John Palmer will return as Director, along with Peter Blackwood as Musical Director.

The auditions for Nabucco will be held on Wednesday 5th September at Widcombe Junior School, Bath at 7,30pm. If you wish to audition for a role, please keep an eye on our website ( for details of audition material. The company will then meet for our AGM on Wednesday 12th September, again at Widcombe Junior School, at 7.30pm, and this meeting will be followed by the initial chorus sing-through.

We very much hope to see you all at Carmen and, if you came to our open morning, that perhaps we may tempt you into our folds for Nabucco. Enjoy the sunshine everyone, perfect weather for a picnic and an opera…

Calling all…people!

Here at Bath Opera, we are always looking for new members. If you love opera and love to sing, come along and join us! If you are an aspiring set designer, set builder, stage-manager, costume designer, seamstress, make-up artist or PR guru, we would simply love to meet you. We are particularly keen to improve our PR and publicity, so if you would like to help us, please get in touch!

And thank you again for your continued support.

Peter Redfern and Gill Clark

Bath Opera Chairman and Secretary