This production updated Bizet’s much-loved opera to 1940s Franco-era Spain, where my main conceptual focus was on entropy, religious pressure and, through that, feminism. In a world where religious and cultural practices dictate thought and expectations of gender, who is it that we need to hold to account? 

Carmen

Durham Opera Ensemble

Director / Designer: Crispin Lord
Conductor: Lewis Wilkinson
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Finn

Cast:
Sophia Smith-Galer -- Carmen
Phil Durrant -- Don Jose
Claire Ward -- Micaela
Fiona Brindle -- Frasquita
Emer Acton -- Mercedes
Julian Purdy -- Zuniga
 

Photos: Charlotte Elizabeth