Ellen Kent Opera International returns to the Opera House, Manchester with Carmen and Die Fledermaus

Ellen Kent Opera International returns with

Die Fledermaus & Carmen

Opera House, Manchester

Friday 18 March (Die Fledermaus) & Saturday 19 March (Carmen)

Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent returns after critically acclaimed tours of Madama Butterfly, Traviata and Rigoletto, bringing two new productions – her lavish version of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Bizet’s Carmen with the heat and passion of Spain.

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Ellen Kent’s enormously successful Die Fledermaus returns after its world premiere in 2006.

This spectacular production is set in late 19th century Vienna and is based on Herbert von Karajan’s famous version, with snatches of spoken dialogue. Strauss’s light-hearted operetta combines a cast of colourful characters with some of opera’s most popular musical moments in a story of love, laughter and sweet revenge.

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The tale revolves around Baron Von Eisenstein and his friend Dr. Faulk who takes an opportunity to exact his revenge on the Baron for a trick played on him at a costumed ball the previous year.  Dr. Faulk had been compelled by Baron Von Eisenstein to walk home through the streets of Vienna still costumed as a bat.  A stormy operetta full of jest and intrigue commences and the tale concludes where the operetta started – in the Vienna prison.

With lavish and opulent costumes and sets based on 19th Century Vienna, this joyful operetta gives an intriguing insight into the society life of Vienna in the 19th Century and includes the famous arias Come with me to the Supper, Happy is he who forgets and Oh bat, oh bat at last let thy victim escape. This unique version includes two bats and an introduction of some scenes from the Russian Die Fledermaus which are unique to this production.

Die Fledermaus will be sung in English with English surtitles.

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Bizet’s classic Carmen is the story of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder. The opera 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.

Lisa Kadelnik as Carmen

Starring Liza Kadelnick, the celebrated international mezzo-soprano, Carmen’s stunning new set reflects the magnificent architecture of Seville with its Roman and Moorish influences, which includes the main square, the bull ring and the tobacco factory, which was reputedly one of the most important in Europe. The set was built for Ellen Kent in England by Setup Scenery, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

Carmen will be sung in French with English surtitles.

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