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A mesmerising tale of love and tragedy

Bahrain News
Fri, 18 Mar 2016
Last Night's View By Stephanie Sutcliffe


Breathtaking vocals filled Arad Fort last night with the performance of Carmen Secondo L’Orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio for the Spring of Culture festival. 

Twenty-three musicians representing 10 countries took to the stage to showcase a story of love, loss and tragedy.

Encompassing a beautiful blend of culture, music and language, the performance was emotive and well executed.

It was a delight to listen to the exchange of music as the lead actors sang in French, Portuguese and Arabic.

The dancing was also wonderfully performed with a very talented duo opening the show with lightning fast footwork as they moved seamlessly across the stage to lead into act one of the opera.

The set up can best be described as rustic and although it was simple, it was very effective, especially with the orchestra strategically located on-stage.

Even though the subtitles in a few places were not in time with what was happening on stage, it didn’t distract from the quality and understanding of the performance.

It was fantastic how the atmosphere was built gradually as they moved from act to act with a male and female narrative that was delivered to the audience as if it was being overheard, rather than acted out on stage.  

The lead role of Carman was performed with flair as the actress fully embraced her character.

Talent emanated from the stage throughout, and each and every member of the cast deserves praise.