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Opera Opens to Audience

Opera Opens to Audience

What: Simply Opera
Where: Newcastle City Hall
When: Saturday October 18, 2003


SIMPLY Opera will reveal the saucy secrets of creating opera at NEWCASTLE CITY HALL on Saturday October 18 night, giving audiences a unique interpretation of Carmen for one performance only.

Discover how a Carmen came to be one of the greatest operas, as Simply Opera transforms opera into the popular entertainment form it once was.

Simply Opera takes the audience into this fascinating world to witness the singers and director collaborating on bringing Bizet's most famous work to l e.

Look behind the grandeur of the opera stage is the heightened atmosphere of the rehearsal room.

, and audiences will see a sneak peek of l e on the other side of performance.

Sung in English, a Carmen a follows the passion and heartbreak of Don Jose as he pursues his love for the fiery gypsy Carmen.

On the journey from score to stage Insight is given into the story and music while witnessing the development of character, set and costume.

Simply Opera's a Carmen is directed by JOHN WREGG and Carmen is played by GAYE MACFARLANE .

Wregg is a freelance opera director who has been a resident director with OPERA AUSTRALIA for 15 years as well as running his own opera company specialising in chamber works.

He has written libretti and lyrics for several operas, directed festivals and run a tertiary Performing Arts School.

MacFarlane is an opera singer whose work has been extreme in its diversity.

She has performed everything from grand opera to rock'n'roll.

While completing a Diploma of Operatic Arts at the SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC , she was appearing regularly on television.

MacFarlane sang principal roles in most of the companies in Australia and before heading to Europe had branched into musicals.

Be whisked into the underworld of one of the world's greatest stories, Carmen at Newcastle City Hall (Phone Civic Phonecharge for bookings or call 4929 th 1977).

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