approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, with one interval.
Sung in French with English surtitles.
This production is supported by
The Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
The National Tour Regional Children's Chorus Program is supported by
The Bourne Foundation and The William Rubensohn Foundation.
Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget.
In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera, and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.
Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is strong. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate.
Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, a live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local communities. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes.
You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified.
Our 25th-anniversary tour of Carmen marks a quarter century of touring the world’s best operas across Australia.
On tour in 2021
New South Wales Tour Dates | 18 May–26 Aug
Armidale, NSW | 20 May | New England Conservatorium of Music
Bathurst, NSW | 21 June | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Dubbo, NSW | 19 June | Dubbo Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW | 5 June | Griffith Regional Theatre
Newcastle, NSW | 6 July | Newcastle Civic Theatre
Orange, NSW | 22 June | Orange Civic Theatre
Parramatta, NSW | 17 June | Riverside Theatres
Port Macquarie | 22 May | The Glasshouse
Tamworth, NSW | 18 May | Capitol Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW | 24 June | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wollongong, NSW | 14 & 15 June | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Wyong, NSW | 13 & 14 July | The Art House
Victoria Tour Dates | 14 May–25 Jun
Ballarat, VIC | 29 May | Her Majesty's Theatre
Bendigo, VIC | 3 June | Ulumburra Theatre
Dandenong, VIC | 14 & 15 May | Drum Theatre
Frankston, VIC | 2 June | Frankston Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC | 8 June | Costa Hall, Deakin University
Narre Warren, VIC | 28 May | Bunjil Place
Sale, VIC | 11 June | The Wedge
Wangarratta, VIC | 25 June | Wangarratta Performing Arts Centre
Warragul, VIC | 10 June | West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Warrnambool, VIC | 26 May | Lighthouse Theatre
Tasmania Tour Dates | 28 Jun–3 Jul
Devonport, TAS | 29 June | Paranaple Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS | 1–3 July | Theatre Royal
Launceston, TAS | 28 June | Princess Theatre
Australian Capital Territory Tour Dates | 8–10 Jul
Canberra, ACT | 8–10 July | Canberra Theatre Centre
Queensland Tour Dates | 16–22 Jul
Northern Territory Tour Dates | 29 Jul–7 Aug
Alice Springs, NT | 3 & 4 August | Araluen Arts Centre
Darwin, NT | 6 & 7 August | Darwin Entertainment Centre
Katherine, NT | 29 July | St Joseph's Hall
Tennant Creek, NT | 31 July | Tennant Creek Civic Hall
Western Australia Tour Dates | 12–21 Aug
Albany, WA | 21 August | Albany Entertainment Centre
Geraldton, WA | 12 August | Queens Park Theatre
Margaret River, WA | 19 August | HEART of Margaret River
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