TWO EXPLOSIVE OPERAS COME TO THE ALHAMBRA
Following critically acclaimed tours of Madama Butterfly, Traviata and Rigoletto, award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent brings two new productions to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this April. With magnificent new sets, international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra, the grandeur and power of Rome is recreated in Tosca on Tuesday 26 April while the heat and passion of Spain is brought to the stage in Carmen on Wednesday 27 April.
Set against the dramatic landscape of Rome and the Napoleonic Wars with the corrupt Italian regime of that time, Tosca is an epic tale of true love and treachery featuring torture, murder and suicide alongside some of opera’s best-known music. Starring Vladimir Dragos as Scarpia with international sopranos Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova as Tosca*
This popular opera with its tender and moving arias Recondita Armonia, Vissi d’Arte and E Lucevan le Stelle, tells the story of Floria Tosca and her love for artist Mario Cavaradossi. Tosca is forced to enter into a deal with the Chief of Police Baron Scarpia, in order to save Cavaradossi, her lover, from execution. Scarpia’s price is Tosca’s seduction, but she cannot go through with it, and in desperation she stabs Scarpia to death. Cavaradossi is executed and, realising all is lost, Tosca throws herself from the battlements to her death. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Starring Liza Kadelnik, the celebrated international mezzo-soprano from the Romanian National Opera, as
Carmen, this is the bewitching story of a gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder.
Sung in French with English surtitles, Carmen includes some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in opera –The Habanera, The Seguidilla, The Flower Song, The Chanson Bohème and perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all The Toreador’s Song.
The show features a spectacular dance sequence by Caspian, a majestic white Andalucian stallion, ridden by Joe Butcher from AB Films. Caspian has appeared in many films including War Horse and Robin Hood.
FOR TICKETS CALL Box Office on 01274 432000. If you book for both operas you can receive a £5 discount of your ticket for each opera.