Secret Opera returns to the Bread & Roses Theatre to present two versions of Bizet’s classic opera.
Set in the gay community of liberal 1920s Spain, José is the central character in this all-male reworking of Bizet’s tragic opera by Robin Pietà. Sexually confused and dominated by a strictly religious upbringing imposed on him by his widowed mother, José’s journey could also be said to reflect the turmoil and tragedy still faced by too many LGBT individuals.
This intimate adaptation of the traditional big chorus production uses just five performers to cover the vocal lines of the twelve original rôles and examines the raw emotions central to the story – passion, guilt, love and jealousy – and the influences and motivations driving José and Carmen to their inevitable destruction. Human relationships laid bare.