Passion and heat in opera set in Spain

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Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent returns to Northampton and is bringing the Spanish heat and passion with her.

Bizet’s Carmen comes to the Royal and Derngate on Thursday, November 19.

A brand new set reflects the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square, with its Roman and Moorish influences. The production also features a majestic Andalucian stallion, Caspian, in a spectacular dance sequence and a special guest appearance by a local rescue donkey.

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.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £18 to £35 and can be booked by calling 01604 624811 or visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk. The opera is sung in French with English surtitles.