OPERATIC DRAMA:The internationally renowned opera Carmen will be coming to Grafton this August, thanks to Pro Musica and Opera
OPERATIC DRAMA:The internationally renowned opera Carmen will be coming to Grafton this August, thanks to Pro Musica and Opera

OzOpera brings Carmen to city

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT is a tragic tale of a fiery gypsy, mutiny and the downfalls of love ? and it is coming to Grafton.

Carmen, one of the world's most popular operas, is being presented by Pro Musica to celebrate the group's 25 year anniversary of bringing classical music and opera to the Clarence Valley.

This OzOpera production is set to be a lavish performance ? so big, that it is being performed at the Grafton Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre.

"Previously the touring OzOpera productions that we have brought here have been in the Grafton High multipurpose centre, but they've decided to reset the orchestra and make changes to the stage which means that venue is just not big enough anymore," said Pro Musica publicity officer Heather Brown.

"As far as I know they've never held performances of this kind out there ... but it will be fantastic because we'll be able to utilise the tiered seating so people will have a much clearer view."

Just as the price for seats in city performance halls varies according to position, so too will the prices for Carmen ? ranging from $70 to $35.

"People living in the Valley do appreciate classical music and opera, but a lot of them have to go to the big cities to see performances. But because it's coming here, people will be able to see a fantastic performance and not have to worry about travelling."

Carmen is the fourth Opera that has been presented in the Clarence Valley over the past 10 years. Other sell-out performances have included The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville and La Boheme and Mrs Brown said she was hoping Carmen would be just as popular.

Tickets for the August 12 event will go on sale to the general public from July 10 at Buckley's Music in Grafton.



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