COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

We’ve taken the difficult decision to postpone our 25th anniversary tour of Carmen due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, you'll receive an email with details about how to refund or exchange your tickets.

Updated Monday 11 May.

Running time

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.

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, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community. 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.

Conductor Luke Spicer
Director Matthew Barclay
Set & Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Orchestration Robert Andrew Greene
Carmen Angela Hogan
Dimity Shepherd
Don José Jared Holt
Matthew Reardon
Micaëla Giuseppina Grech
Danita Weatherstone
Escamillo / Zuniga Christopher Hillier
Simon Meadows
Dancairo Michael Lampard
El Remendado Mathew Waugh
Frasquita Kathryn Radcliffe
Mercédès Celeste Haworth
Moralès Daniel Macey