Carmen May 2008

A tale of passion, betrayal and lost love was played out on the stage in Southwick Opera’s latest production.
A five-night (albeit not continuous) run of Bizet’s classic opera Carmen – performed by Southwick Opera – began at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, on Saturday.
Southwick Opera favourite Tony Adams was again in fine voice, singing the part of Don José, as were his two loves – mezzo-soprano Hilary Jane Andrews (Carmen) and Katherine Nicholas (Michaela).
The part of toreador Escamillo was sung by baritone Philip Carter, who seamlessly slipped into the role – not to mention costume – of the bullfighter.
The lead characters were more than ably supported by a strong cast and the 30-strong Southwick Opera chorus, while the orchestra was presided over by director and conductor Simon Gray.
Humour, tragedy, fine acting and fine voices – what more could you want? A cameo from Southwick’s very own Des Young as the sheriff? Well, it had that too. Southwick Opera has now staged Carmen four times in its 43-year history, and the opportunity to see it in its current run should not be missed.