Opera showcase in King's Lynn this Spring
The award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in the spring with the International Opera Festival tour, bringing Madama Butterfly to the Alive Corn Exchange on Sunday, March 13 and Carmen on Thursday, April 14.
Senbla, by arrangement with Opera International, proudly presents the productions with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s popular tale which the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heartbreaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results.
Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
With exquisite sets, including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, designed by the renowned Russian designer Felix Bessonov, from St Petersburg.
The fabulous international Korean soprano Elena Dee returns to sing her critically acclaimed role as Cio Cio San, together with the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova.
Vasyl Vasylenko, artistic director and conductor for the National Municipal Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kiev, returns. Also returning is the guest conductor and artistic director of the National Opera of Moldova, Nicolae Dohotaru with 30 members of the National Ukrainian Orchestra, Kiev.
Ellen said: "My operas have to be emotional and beautiful."
As with any of Ellen Kent’s shows all of the soloists have been hand-picked and directed by Ellen to create a visually beautiful and moving production of Carmen.
Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, is an evening of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable arias.
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 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 famous tobacco factory. The set was built for Ellen Kent in England by Setup Scenery, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden
Elena Dee, the international Korean soprano, returns to delight audiences with her emotive and perfect portrayal of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly.
She was spotted by Ellen Kent when she was working under the musical direction of the great Moldovan baritone, Vladimir Dragos.
She was a talented classical pianist but was hoping to become a soprano. Ellen auditioned her and suggested she came back when she had acquired more experience vocally.
Ecaterina Timbaliuk the international Romanian mezzo soprano will be sharing the roles of Carmen and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly on the UK and Ireland international Ellen Kent tour.
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