Opera Australia: Carmen
11 June @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Coronavirus may have put paid to Opera Australia’s 2020 regional offering, but opera lovers will be able to take advantage of this year’s twice-the-distance ‘mega-tour’ celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s national touring program. From May to August, Matthew Barclay’s new production of Carmen will be staged by a travelling troupe of 32, including cast, crew, and a chamber orchestra, that will stop at more than 40 cities and towns and play to around 30,000 people. The show will journey from Hobart and Warrnambool in the south to Darwin and Katherine in the north, the Gold Coast in the east and Margaret River in the west.
Limelight Editor’s Choice
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.