Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
In the heat, dust and danger of the city, fiery Carmen sings her siren song. With each seductive note, the guileless Don José is drawn into her world: a world of smugglers in suits, a world outside society's bounds.
What kind of person chooses a love that they know will destroy them? What kind of person sees that destiny, and dances towards it, without fear?
"I've always been intrigued by the psychology of that choice," says John Bell, who follows up his phenomenal Tosca with a new production of Carmen in 2016. "What leads you to love the one person who is going to destroy you?"
Underneath the irresistible Spanish tunes is a gritty tale of power, corruption and destruction waiting to be told, Bell says.
Carmen is colourful, physical and entertaining, but it shouldn't get "too pretty", he adds. To succeed, it must have punch. Sex and sexual politics. Physicality and power.
This new take on Bizet's famous opera hones in on the relationships at its heart, on the wild love that promises freedom while binding the lovers in an unbreakable web of fate.
Andrea Molino conducts French star Clémentine Margaine and Australian favourite Milijana Nikolic as Carmen, with thrilling tenors Yonghoon Lee and Brandon Jovanovich as Don José.
The ultimate femme fatale is here to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.
Head up the stairs at the Joan Sutherland Theatre to enjoy the pop-up bar with an unbeatable view of the harbour, exclusive to ticket holders. The bar opens 90 minutes before evening performances and an hour before matinees. See the menu.
|Conductor||Andrea Molino (until
|Set Designer||Michael Scott-Mitchell|
|Costume Designer||Teresa Negroponte|
|Lighting Designer||Trent Suidgeest|
|Fight Choreographer||Nigel Poulton|
|Assistant to Choreographer||Amy Campbell|
Margaine (until 5 July)
(until 5 July)
(until 5 July)
Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one 20-minute interval.
Small-town boy Don José is serving with the army far from home. His fellow soldiers are captivated by the strange allure of a gypsy woman, Carmen. He thinks only of home, his mother, and the pretty Micaëla, a young girl who comes to deliver a letter from home.
Carmen is intrigued by the shy Don José. Arrested for beginning a fight, Carmen seduces Don José to win her freedom — and convinces him to desert the army to join her in the gypsy life of liberty.
But her wandering eye has already found another lover: the dashing bullfighter, Escamillo. Don José's jealousy is fierce, Escamillo's passion is determined, Carmen’s fate is set in the cards…
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