Opera shop window in King’s Lynn this spring

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Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns this spring with the International Opera Festival tour, bringing Madama Butterfly to the Alive Corn Exchange on Sunday March 13 and Carmen on Thursday April 14.

Senbla, in agreement with Opera International, proudly presents productions with international soloists, highly regarded choirs and a full orchestra.

Madama Butterfly is the popular tale by Puccini on which the hit musical Miss Saigon is based.

The Corn Exchange in Lynn. (51704830)

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart[1]Breakup story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with a US Navy lieutenant – with dramatic results.

Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the soulful tune One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

With exquisite decors including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, designed by famous Russian designer Felix Bessonov, from St. Petersburg.

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Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2022 with the International Opera Festival tour, bringing Madama Butterfly and Carmen to the Alive Corn Exchange, Lynn. (54215714)

Fabulous Korean international soprano Elena Dee returns to perform her critically acclaimed role of Cio Cio San, with international soprano Alyona Kistenyova.

Vasyl Vasylenko, artistic director and conductor of the Kiev Municipal State Opera and Ballet Theater, is back. The guest conductor and artistic director of the Moldovan National Opera, Nicolae Dohotaru, with 30 members of the Ukrainian National Orchestra of Kiev, is also back.

Ellen said: “My operas must be touching and beautiful.”

Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2022 with the International Opera Festival tour, bringing Madama Butterfly and Carmen to the Alive Corn Exchange, Lynn.  (54215717)
Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2022 with the International Opera Festival tour, bringing Madama Butterfly and Carmen to the Alive Corn Exchange, Lynn. (54215717)

As with all of Ellen Kent’s shows, all of the soloists were handpicked and conducted by Ellen to create a visually beautiful and moving production of Carmen.

Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen is an evening of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable tunes.

Carmen is the story of a bewitching gypsy whose tantalizing beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder.

The opera features some of the most evocative and beloved melodies in opera, the Habanera, the Seguidilla, the Flower Song, the Chanson Bohème and perhaps the best-known baritone tune of all of the toreador’s chants. .

The stunning new ensemble reflects the magnificent architecture of Seville with its Roman and Moorish influences, which includes the main square, the bullring and the famous tobacco factory. The set was built for Ellen Kent in England by Setup Scenery, who also built sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden

Elena Dee, the international Korean soprano, returns to delight audiences with her moving and perfect interpretation of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly.

She was spotted by Ellen Kent while working under the musical direction of the great Moldovan baritone, Vladimir Dragos.

She was a talented classical pianist but hoped to become a soprano. Ellen auditioned her and suggested that she come back when she got more vocal experience.

Ecaterina Timbaliuk, the international Romanian mezzo-soprano, will share the roles of Carmen and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly during the Ellen Kent international tour of the UK and Ireland.

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