Running time

approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, with one interval.


Sung in French with English surtitles.

Please note

This production explores themes of sexual violence and harassment. It includes depictions of violence.

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.


Kate Stuart

On tour in 2021

Victoria Tour Dates | 14 May–25 Jun

Dandenong, VIC | 14 & 15 May | Drum Theatre
Warrnambool, VIC | 26 May | Lighthouse Theatre
Ballarat, VIC | 29 May | Her Majesty's Theatre (CANCELLED)
Frankston, VIC | 2 June | Frankston Arts Centre (CANCELLED)
Bendigo, VIC | 3 June | Ulumburra Theatre (CANCELLED)
Geelong, VIC | 8 June | Costa Hall, Deakin University (CANCELLED)
Warragul, VIC | 10 June | West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (CANCELLED)
Sale, VIC | 11 June | The Wedge (CANCELLED)
Wangarratta, VIC | 25 June | Wangarratta Performing Arts Centre (CANCELLED)

New South Wales Tour Dates | 18 May–26 Aug

Tamworth, NSW | 18 May | Capitol Theatre
Port Macquarie, NSW | 22 May | The Glasshouse
Griffith, NSW
| 5 June | Griffith Regional Theatre (CANCELLED)
Wollongong, NSW | 14 & 15 June | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Parramatta, NSW
| 17 June | Riverside Theatres
Dubbo, NSW | 19 June | Dubbo Regional Theatre
Bathurst, NSW | 21 June | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Orange, NSW
| 22 June | Orange Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW | 24 June | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Newcastle, NSW
| 6 July | Newcastle Civic Theatre (CANCELLED)
Wyong, NSW | 13 & 14 July | The Art House

Opera Australia in Concert

Armidale, NSW | 20 May | New England Conservatorium of Music

Tasmania Tour Dates | 28 Jun–3 Jul

Launceston, TAS | 28 June | Princess Theatre (CANCELLED)
Devonport, TAS | 29 June | Paranaple Arts Centre (CANCELLED)
Hobart, TAS | 1–3 July | Theatre Royal (CANCELLED)

Australian Capital Territory Tour Dates | 8–10 Jul

Canberra, ACT | 8–10 July | Canberra Theatre Centre

Queensland Tour Dates | 16–22 Jul

Gold Coast, QLD | 16 & 17 July | Arts Theatre, HOTA
Rockhampton, QLD | 22 July | The Pilbeam
Mackay, QLD | 24 July | Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
Cairns, QLD | 27 July | Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Northern Territory Tour Dates | 29 Jul–7 Aug

Katherine, NT | 29 July | St Joseph's Hall
Tennant Creek, NT | 31 July | Tennant Creek Civic Hall
Alice Springs, NT | 3 & 4 August | Araluen Arts Centre
Darwin, NT | 6 & 7 August | Darwin Entertainment Centre

Western Australia Tour Dates | 12–21 Aug

Margaret River, WA | 19 August | Margaret River HEART
Albany, WA | 21 August | Albany Entertainment Centre

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

Carmen National Tour 2021

Photo: Jeff Busby

National Tour Partners

Leading Partner

Production Partner

Supporting Partner

Proudly Supported By

Patron in Chief

Government Partners

Australia Council for the Arts

NSW Government

Opera Conference