Tuesday, September 2, 2008
BIZET'S OPERA CARMEN PERFORMED BY BEDFORDSHIRE YOUTH OPERA
Bedfordshire Youth Opera is performing Bizet's exciting Opera Carmen all this week at the new University of Bedfordshire Theatre in Bedford. BYO has trained young singers for 25 years and produced some of the UK's finest opera talent. It is part of Bedfordshire Music a Bedfordshire County Council partnership with Bedfordshire Music Trust which develops musical talent in Bedfordshire and has several fine orchestras,ensembles and choirs(www.Bedfordshire.gov.uk/Bedfordshire Music)
I am Vice Chairman of the Bedfordshire Music Partnership Board and attended the first night of Carmen with a young music teacher. We were stunned and delighted at the high quality of the performance, especially the soloists Rosie Middleton as flirtatious Carmen and Matthew Kimble as Don Jose. Carmen transports the audience to a world of Spanish gypsies, soldiers, bullfighters and smugglers and is a tragic love story filled with famous tunes such as the Toreador and Habanera. If you have a free evening this week, why not call Bedfordshire Music on 01234 276120 and enjoy superb singing, acting and musicianship in Bedford for a modest price.
Bedfordshire Music runs 5 Saturday morning Music Centres at Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard with a huge range of music classes for all ages from 6 - 106. Why not drop in on Saturday 13 September to have a look?