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Audio: All About Israel’s Greatest Spectacle, Carmen at Masada

Walter Bingham goes to Masada for the annual Opera Festival's massive production of the famous opera Carmen.
6/10/2012, 7:43 PM

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All About Israel’s Greatest Spectacle, Carmen at Masada

Relax, forget your troubles and enjoy hearing about what is arguably Israel’s greatest spectacle.  The annual Opera Festival is staged at the foot of mount Masada, the lowest place on earth. There are some 800 artists including the cast, the musicians, flamenco dancers and choirs performing Carmen by Georges Bizet on a 3.500 square meter stage in front of nightly audiences of 7,500. Ten live horses and seven donkeys are also walking on the hills, manually created from 10,000 cubic meters of sand, with the backdrop of the floodlit Masada rock.  A truly magical setting recreating the atmosphere of 19th century Spain in which a woman like Carmen was extraordinary.

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Flamenco dancers. Picture Credit: Yossi Zwecker

Escamillio (Marcin Bronikowski), Don Jose. (Gustavo Porta), with Carmen (Naama Goldman) Picture Credit: Yossi Zwecker. Courtesy Carmen production.
Docairo, (Guy Mannheim) top,interviewed Carmen (Naama Goldman) with Frasquita (Hila Baggio) right, interviewed
Picture Credit: Yossi Zwecker

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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