Experience CARMEN In-The-Round At Royal Albert Hall 2/26-3/8

Experience The Intimacy And Passion of Carmen in-the-round at The Royal Albert Hall
26th February - 8th March 2009

London will dazzle with fiery passion as Bizet's classic opera, Carmen returns to the Royal Albert Hall in February 2009. The stunning new cast, who will be performing the opera in English, are set to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated performances of the new year.

Sultry, sensual and seductive, Carmen transports you to the sizzling heat of Spain whilst following her tempestuous journey of infatuation, obsession and lust. The critically acclaimed Cristina Nassif, who has made waves across the Atlantic, and Guildhall-trained Louise Poole, who is a regular at Glyndebourne, will be sharing the starring role leading a cast of hotly-tipped new performers which include David Kempster and the award-winning Elizabeth Atherton.

The most alluring opera in history will be uniquely set in-the-round, allowing spectators to be part of the action in this ultimate operatic experience. Celebrated designer David Roger has creative control of the show's set and attire, lavishly creating some of the most divine costumes for the beautiful and talented cast.

Carmen is brought to the stage in a co-promotion between the Royal Albert Hall and the UK's leading classical music promoter, Raymond Gubbay, whose previous collaborations include Madam Butterfly, Tosca, La Bohème and with English National Ballet, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and in 2008 Strictly Gershwin.

Since the opera's much-admired seasons in 2002 and 2005, the inimitable Carmen is brought back to London's enchanting Royal Albert Hall for a strict season of 12 performances. Running from 26th February through to 8th March, there is only limited time to see the essence of Spain brought to life on the British stage!

Notes to Editor:

Director: David Freeman
Set & Costume Designer: David Roger
Musical Director: Peter Robinson
Choreographer: Robert North
Lighting Designer: Andrew Bridge
English Translation: Amanda Holden

Carmen will be sung in English by two superb casts including:
Cristina Nassif and Louise Poole - Carmen
John Dazsak and John Hudson - Don José
Elizabeth Atherton and Lee Bissett - Micaela
Carlos Archuleta and David Kempster - Escamillo
Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Albert Hall
26th Feb - 8th March 7.30pm
28th Feb, 7, 8th March 2.30pm

To book call 020 7838 3100 or visit www.royalalberthall.com

There will be an audio-described performance of Carmen on Sunday 8 March 2009 at 2.30pm. For more details, please contact the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7838 3110.


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