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Carmen School Matinee performance

  • Image from Royal Opera House

8 young people of the Thurrock Music service had been invited to watch the School Matinee performance of the famous ‘Carmen’.

One of Thurrock Music Services students, Konyikeh, wrote about the experience:

"On Friday the 13th of December 8 young people of the Thurrock Music service had been invited to watch the School Matinee performance of the famous ‘Carmen’ by Bizet performed by the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House. We saw the performance at The Royal Opera House in Convent Garden. As we boarded the coach everyone was speculating what the performance would be like and there were in depth conversations and debates about what the opera was really about. When we arrived we took our seats (which in my opinion were the best in the house!) As the red velvet curtains rose everyone waited in rapture.

"The story was told beautifully through music, emotion and dance. The tale of the flirtatious and extrovert gypsy girl Carmen falls in love with the sensible Don Jose who was recently became engaged to Micaela who loves him and would do anything for him. Carmen persuades Don Jose to become an outlaw and help the gypsises smuggle goods through the mountains. But then the famous bull fighter Escamillo shows his love for Carmen, Carmen falls OUT of love with Don Jose and IN love with Escamillo. But Don Jose has never fallen out of love with her. At Escamillos bull fight, Don Jose tracks her down and tells her that he loves her but Carmen says she doesn’t love him. Don Jose can’t bear this and kills her.

"This complicated love triangle was obviously a hit with the audience with multiple bows and applause. I think the Royal Opera House provided us with a wonderful opportunity and I hope that there will be many more events like this in the near future."

Thurrock Music Services

Posted by Thurrock Music Services on December 16, 2013