Carmen, Carmencita!

A DARE symposium

Thursday 10 February 2022

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Who is Carmen? Is she really the exotic femme fatale of popular imagination, or is there more about her story that can be told? How could this be accomplished? 

Peel back the surface, says mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams – currently singing the iconic role in Edward Dick’s  ★★★★ production for Opera North – and “you will find a myriad of colours, blended and burned together through the years”. 

Join us for a series of conversations as creative artists, performers and academics discuss the ways in which operatic production and performance recreate Carmen in multiple ways, offering new ways of hearing and understanding Bizet’s finest score.

Currently singing the title role in Opera North’s Rigoletto, American baritone Eric Greene brings the afternoon to a close with a performer’s insight – including his experiences singing Escamillo in two productions of Carmen – joined by mezzo-soprano and former Opera North chorister Amy J Payne, who’s covering the title role in the opera.

The symposium will conclude with free refreshments and a chance to talk to participants and attendees. 

A DARE symposium in partnership with the University of Leeds, led by Professor Edward Venn from the School of Music, and supported by AHRC.


3pm – 6.30pm

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Conversations include: 

Tracking the Changes – Edward Venn and Stuart Leeks

Who is Carmen? – Edward Venn and Susan McClary [remotely]

Public Engagement in Meaning-Making – Edward Venn and Alice Gilmour

Design and Meaning-Making – Edward Venn, Dominic Gray and Stephen Rodwell

Music and Directing – Edward Venn and Matthew Eberhardt

Music and Meaning-Making – Edward Venn and Garry Walker

The Performer’s View – Edward Venn, Amy J Payne and Eric Greene
Carmen, Carmencita!

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