Opened 23 Sep 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
El Vacie, Seville, 1920. Set in the gay community of liberal 1920s Spain, Don Jos? is the central character in the Secret Opera reworking of Bizet's tragic opera. Sexually confused and dominated by the strictly religious upbringing imposed by his mother, he has come from the country to Seville to get a glimpse of the young man he has idolised from afar, the dancer, Carmen. Two simple events change the course of their lives. Carmen, a hedonistic player, chooses the simple man as his sexual plaything that night. Jos? falls in love - but Carmen already has his eye on the famous matador, Escamillo, in town the next day. With pent-up rage and jealousy, he watches as the dancer and the matador flirt before his very eyes. At that moment, news comes that the one person who can control him, his mother, is near death. With the shackles of maternal and religious influence removed, there is nothing to prevent Don Jos? from taking what he has always wanted.
Sung in English with piano accompaniment.
Double bill with Die Walkure