Creating Carmen

A new concert/play written by Clare Norburn and directed by Nick Renton

In 2019 we will be developing a show with Clare Norburn for which we are currently applying for funding. This will be developed from our existing CarmenCo concert, a joint venture with myself, mezzo-soprano and flautist Emily Andrews and guitarist David Massey (Andrews-Massey Duo), based around the popular story of Carmen. Showcasing Spanish music in different instrumental combinations (arranged by ourselves) the story of jealousy, love, rivalry and friendship is told.

Creating Carmen is more than a concert. It occupies the borders between a one-actor play and a concert. It is a fully staged show for 3 musicians and an actor. The central character is Prosper Merimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based.

Merimée had a colourful personal life; he had numerous affaires including with George Sand and wrote a series of letters to an anonymous woman for over 40 years. Our show imagines that these wild escapades fired his imagination, leading to the creation one of the most infamous femme fatale characters of all time.

Our show intertwines specially-arranged music from Bizet’s Carmen and other Spanish and Spanish-inspired music including by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel, Delibes and Albeniz

The project is a collaboration with writer Clare Norburn, who has developed a series of concert/plays which have toured to most of the UK’s leading venue and festivals, and director Nick Renton.

The show premiered at the Stroud Green Festival in London in June 2019 and is now on tour.

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About the Andrews-Massey Duo

“Flute and guitar ensemble music
​at it’s very best“

– Stranraer Free Press

“Impeccable chamber music playing.”
​- British Flute Society review

About Francisco Correa

“Colombian guitarist Francisco Correa delighted Paris with his virtuosity.”
– Colombian Embassy press office

“A most enjoyable evening of excellent music making thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience.”
– Tickhill Music Society

About Clare Norburn

“What is most impressive about Norburn’s conception is the way that the various strata and
elements combine and cohere so effortlessly. Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and
imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama. The personal narrative is
embedded neatly within historical, cultural and political contexts…”
Opera Today, Claire
Seymour – 2019