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Carmen by Opera North.

Carmen by Opera North.

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Opera North make their latest eagerly-awaited return to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from May 24-28.

Three contrasting operas will be performed during the course of the week: Carmen, Fidelio and From The House Of The Dead.

Fidelio can be seen on May 25 and 28. Beethoven’s celebrated – and only – opera will be sung in German with English titles.

A passion for liberty and justice and a belief in the human spirit’s ability to triumph over suffering, is central to the opera. Internationally acclaimed soprano Emma Bell sings the lead role and her first Leonore. Her Florestan is American tenor Steven Harrison, who sang Pinkerton in New York City Opera’s Madama Butterfly. Jeremy White sings Rocco, having previously sung Kecal in Opera North’s Bartered Bride (2004).

Opera North continues its journey through the works of the great Czech composer Janácek by staging his last and most uplifting opera From the House of the Dead, to be seen on May 26. Based on Dostoyevsky’s novel, set in a Siberian prison camp, it continues both the literary theme across the year and the exploration of ideas of freedom.

Written for a cast of predominantly male voices, three key roles that demand superb singing actors are brought to the fore by Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts singing Filka Morozov, Alan Oke as Skuratov and Robert Hayward, as Sishkov. The esteemed Roderick Williams is the political prisoner Goryanchikov.

Opera North’s music director, Richard Farnes, conducts.

Finally, there’s one of the most famous of all operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, to be performed in French with English titles on May 24 and 27.

This production opened in winter 2011 and returns to Nottingham for the spring season with new leading lady, American mezzo soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, who makes her British debut. Tenor Peter Wedd sings Don Jose, while bass-baritones Kostas Smoriginas and Keel Watson continue their roles as Escamillo and Zuniga.

For ticket details call the box office on 0115 9895555.