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Carmen 1997Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

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This run of Carmen had several noteworthy features, not least the brief return to Scotland of star baritone Donald Maxwell, Escamillo not being a part he had sung here before.

The shorter baritone roles were taken by young performers - Scot Richard Morrison was not seen here much, but Richard Burkhard, Glasgow trained, became a regular visitor with both English Touring Opera and Scottish Opera. Alfie Boe returned for a second year, and would soon join Scottish Opera before achieving stardom. Heather Shipp has also enjoyed a successful career, particularly in the role of Carmen.

This was the first occasion on which Lady Aberdeen, the founder and guide of the organization for over half a century, relinquished some of the conducting duties to chorus master Simon Crookall. The director was Mark Tinkler, who, a few years before, had sung Moralès in Scottish Opera's first production of the opera, directed by Graham Vick.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Richard Morrison

Micaëla a peasant girl

Rosalind Sutherland

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Mark Luther

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Jeremy Lemmon

Carmen a gypsy

Heather Shipp

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Anne-Marie Hetherington

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Suzanne Joyce

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Andrew Armstrong

Escamillo a toreador

Donald Maxwell

Dancaïre a smuggler

Richard Burkhard

Remendado a smuggler

Alfie Boe

Performance DatesCarmen 1997

Map List

Haddo House Hall | Ellon, Aberdeenshire

2 Apr, 19.30 3 Apr, 19.30 4 Apr, 19.30 5 Apr, 19.30

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