A Musically Vibrant Take on a Great Classic

Barefoot Opera brings its unique style and fresh interpretation to
Bizet’s classic tale of murderous passion: Carmen!

Our brilliant young soloists include young talents at the start of their careers —
accompanied by Barefoot’s signature ensemble of free-base accordion double-bass,
clarinet and keyboard; with an entrancing visual landscape of dreams, symbols, tarot
cards and magic created by Jane Bruce and Mary Hooper setting the scene

Barefoot operates on a shoestring, and any contribution you can make is of immense value.
You can sponsor a prop, adopt an artist or just support the production with a donation.

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All prop sponsors will be thanked in our programme (option to be anonymous). 
You may also keep the prop as a souvenir at the end of the tour!



Sponsor a singer and your chosen artist will come to your home with an accompanist to perform a half hour recital (yes, you’ll need to provide a piano!).  A surefire way to entertain your friends or have your own private entertainment. 

As an additional thank you, you will be invited to the after-party following the Hastings performances and your name will appear in the programme (you may opt to be anonymous). 

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Olivia Sjöberg (Carmen)

Swedish mezzo-soprano Olivia Sjöberg is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama's Artist Masters programme, where she also attained her Bachelor of Music Honours Degree, under the tutelage of David Pollard.  Recent notable performances have included performing at the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in the UK Premiere of Andrew Norman's newly comissioned opera A Trip to the Moon and as a chorus section leader in the Royal Opera production of The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse.

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Henry Ngan (Don José)

Born in Hong Kong, tenor Henry Ngan fell in love with opera when he heard recordings of Luciano Pavarotti in 2007.  He graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for  Performing Arts in 2013 and obtained his Master of Music in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015.   The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, he is now studying with Dennis O’Neill CBE for an MA  in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice.  He has been chosen to perform in a concert with The King’s Singers and Asia Tour Concerts with Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli.


Eleanor Janes (Micaëla)

Soprano Eleanor Janes grew up listening to her father’s Wagner recordings.  She studied Music at Manchester University and then gained a distinction in her Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2013.  Since that time she has taken part in numerous productions, most recently with Grange Park Opera, New Sussex Opera and Opera Project.

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Susannah MacRae (Micaëla)

Soprano Susanna MacRae graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Jeffrey Stewart (Vocal Studies) and Nigel Clayton (Piano). Currently continuing her studies in London with Sheila Barnes and Jeremy Silver, she recently completed a successful tour of Italy and Spain performing Galatea (Acis & Galatea) with Ad Parnassum. In October 2017 she performed Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore for
Arcadian Opera. This year shes appeared with Benslow Baroque Opera singing the role of Emilie (Les Indes Galantes) and competed as a selected finalist in the Cheltenham Bach Choir Baroque Singing Prize.

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Tobias Odenwald (Escamillo)

German bass Tobias Odenwald trained as a singer at the Musikhochschule Würzburg at the same time as studying medicine.  This was followed by further training at Morley Opera School in London.  Those who saw Barefoot’s 2017 production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea will remember his fine performance as Seneca, one of ten roles in different productions that year.  In 2018 he will be appearing in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Berlin and LaTraviata at the Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a return to Barefoot as Escamillo.


John Twitchen (Remendado)

Tenor John Twitchen is a first class BMus (Hons) Graduate from the University of Chichester who lives in St Leonards-on-Sea. His first experience with Barefoot Opera was a short course in the summer of 2012.  In 2017 he sang in the chorus for Barefoot’s production of La Bohème and understudied the part of Rodolfo. This experience dispelled all doubts about committing himself to a profession as a full-time opera singer.  This year he premieres as a solo singer with Barefoot in the role of El Remendado.

Timothy Patrick (Dancairo)

Baritone Tim Patrick found his way into music through film scores, enjoying the combination of music and action.  A graduate of Goldsmiths University, he’s currently engaged in a Masters course in Vocal Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He played  Benoit/Alcindoro in Barefoot’s 2017 production of La Bohème.  Recent operatic roles include Masetto in Don Giovanni and Silvano in La Calisto with Woodhouse Opera/Ensemble Orquesta, Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, and Dr Falke in an Operagold production of Die Fledermaus. 


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