Georges Bizet

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Carmen

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Carmen

In Spain it is hot and humid in the city of Seville. Carmen, sexy and capricious, taunts the men around her enjoying their adulation, but after attacking another woman at the cigarette factory with a knife she has to use her seductive skills on her guard, Don José, to escape going to prison. Passion between Don José and Carmen, and  Escamillo, a celebrated toreador who is infatuated with her, leads to jealousy, violence and death.

Rinat Shaham, with her sublime singing, dominates the bull-fighting arena as the provocative and alluring Carmen, while Dmytro Popov portrays Don José with a perfect mix of naivety and mad desire, his rich tenor rolling out across the bay.  Andrew Jones gives a strong dramatic presence as Escamillo, and Nicole Car, one of Australia’s best young  operatic voices, is the sweet Micaëla. Add a superb orchestra and conductor, a gritty set design, sumptuous bold costumes, stunning choreography, and the inestimable direction of Gale Edwards and Bizet’s glorious opera is brought to life like never before in this second Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Sung in French with English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Korean subtitles.


Released 2013
Composer Georges Bizet
Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Gale Edwards
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer  John Rayment
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Site designer  Eamon D’Arcy
Choreography Kelley Abbey
Carmen  Rinat Shaham
Don José Dmytro Popov
Escamillo  Andrew Jones
Micaëla  Nicole Car
Frasquita  Ariya Sawadivong
Mercédès  Tania Ferris
Remendado Sam Roberts-Smith
Dancairo Luke Gabbedy
Moralès Samuel Dundas
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Associate concertmaster  Huy-Nguyen Bui
Opera Australia Chorus  
Chorus Master  Michael Black