Carmen, born in Freiburg of a German mother and a French father, graduated from Freiburg University and trained at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff and WNO. Opera productions include Tristan und Isolde (Longborough Festival Opera, conductor Anthony Negus); Don Giovanni (Winslow Hall Opera, conductor Oliver Gilmour); John Harbison’s Full Moon in March; the world premiere of Nicola LeFanu’s Dream Hunter in Wales and London, both for Lontano, conductor Odaline de la Martinez; Tristan und Isolde semi-staged for Stavanger European City of Culture; and Nicola LeFanu’s Dawnpath for Cardiff Festival.
She assisted Alan Privett on the Longborough Ring from 2002, and was Associate Director for the Longborough Ring cycle in 2013. For Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: Luciano Berio’s Recital 1, Dimitris Maramis’s The Women of Troy – a chamber opera, Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, Baroque opera projects, schools operas, opera scenes, Shakespeare projects, Stanislavsky projects; for Birmingham Conservatoire Monteverdi’s Orfeo; and education projects for WNO and SO.
Theatre productions include Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Goethe Theater Frankfurt); many productions for her Cardiff company Triangle theatre including Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (in French) and Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children (in German). As a staff director for WNO: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Richard Jones), Tristan und Isolde (Yannis Kokkos), Leonore, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fidelio, Salome, Khovanshchina (David Pountney), Wozzeck (Richard Jones), Ariadne auf Naxos (Neil Armfield), Eugene Onegin (James Macdonald), Parsifal (Silviu Purcarete), La clemenza di Tito, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.