Postponed. New date to be advised.
66 days from now
Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, Carmen faces an impossible choice. 

Presented by Opera Australia

This show has been postponed. New date will be advised (likely 2021) Message from Opera Australia.

Carmen is enigmatic and elusive: a femme fatale you can’t forget.  She captivates Don José with her sensual Habanera and he abandons everything to possess her.  But Carmen won’t be owned and finds herself a new lover- the dashing bullfighter, Escamillo

Don José’s jealousy is untameable, Escamillo’s appeal is strong, and in a gripping finale, Carmen is destined to fight for her life.

This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain. With vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police, in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion.

A cast of some of Australia’s finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and a local children’s chorus to perform one of the world’s most popular operas. Hear some of opera’s most famous tunes including the Habanera and the Toreador Song when you join us for Opera Australia’s 25th Anniversary tour of Bizet’s Carmen.

Running time 2hrs 35min (inc interval)

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Performed with a Chamber Orchestra


  • Conductor - Luke Spicer
  • Director - Matthew Barclay
  • Set & Costume Designer - Anna Cordingley
  • Lighting Designer - Paul Jackson
  • Orchestration - Robert Andrew Greene


  • Tuesday 08 September 2020 7:30 PM

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  • Adult $60
  • Subscriber $52
  • Concession $54
  • Youth (17-21) $38
  • Child (2-16) $35
  • Family (2A+2C) $160


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