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.

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.

On tour in 2020

New South Wales Tour Dates | 1 Aug–8 Sep

Armidale, NSW | 13 August | Lazenby Hall, University of New England
Bathurst, NSW | 5 August | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Broken Hill, NSW | 20 August | Broken Hill Civic Centre
Casino, NSW | 26 August | Casino Civic Hall
Dubbo, NSW | 8 August | Dubbo Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW | 22 August | Griffith Regional Theatre
Murwillumbah, NSW | 25 August | Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre
Newcastle, NSW | 8 September | Capitol Theatre
Orange, NSW | 4 August | Orange Civic Theatre
Parramatta, NSW | 29 August | Riverside Theatres
Penrith, NSW | 28 August | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Port Macquarie, NSW | 15 August | The Glasshouse
Tamworth, NSW | 11 August | Capitol Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW | 1 August | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wollongong, NSW | 31 August & 1 September | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

Victoria Tour Dates | 17 Jul–11 Sep

Ballarat, VIC | 24 July | Her Majesty's Theatre
Bendigo, VIC | 22 July | Ulumbarra Theatre
Dandenong, VIC | 17 & 18 July | Drum Theatre
Frankston, VIC | 21 July | Frankston Arts Centre
Mildura, VIC | 18 August | Mildura Arts Centre
Moonee Ponds, VIC | 29 July | The Clocktower Centre
Narre Warren, VIC | 28 July | Bunjil Place
Wangaratta, VIC | 31 July | Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Warragul, VIC | 11 September | West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Warrnambool, VIC | 25 July | Lighthouse Theatre

Australian Capital Territory Tour Dates | 3–5 Sep

Canberra, ACT | 3–5 September | Canberra Theatre Centre

Tasmania Tour Dates | 14–19 Sep

Devonport, TAS | 14 September | Paranaple Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS | 17–19 September | Theatre Royal
Launceston, TAS | 15 September | Princess Theatre



Conductor Luke Spicer

Matthew Barclay

Set & Costume Designer

Anna Cordingley

Lighting Designer

Paul Jackson


Robert Andrew Greene

Carmen Angela Hogan
  Dimity Shepherd
Don José

Jared Holt


Matthew Reardon


Giuseppina Grech


Danita Weatherstone

Escamillo / Zuniga

Christopher Hillier


Simon Meadows


Michael Lampard

El Remendado

Mathew Waugh


Kathryn Radcliffe


Celeste Haworth


Daniel Macey


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.

National Tour Leading Partner

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Production Partner

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Supporting Partner

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Proudly supported by

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Government Partners

Australia Council for the arts

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