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"John Bell creates a vivid and seductive Cuban-flavoured affair"

- Sydney Morning Herald


Opera Australia presents


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 Habañera? Definitely.

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.

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.

Exxon Mobil is the Production Partner for Carmen



Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director John Bell
Revival Director Roger Press
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costumer Designer Teresa Negroponte
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Choregrapher Kelley Abbey
Fight Choreographer Nigel Poulton
Choreographer Elysha Manik

Carmen Rinat Shaham
Don José Dmytro Popov
Escamillo Shane Lowrencev
Micaëla Stacey Alleaume
Zuniga Adrian Tamburini
Dancairo Luke Gabbedy
Remendado Benjamin Rasheed
Moralès Christopher Hillier
Frasquita Jane Ede
Mercédès Sian Pendry

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria


Evenings at 7:30pm
May 4, 6, 11, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26

Saturday matinée at 1pm
May 13

Duration: Approximately 3 hours (including one 20-minute interval)


State Theatre


Price range

Single Tickets on sale 12 October, 9am

Single Ticket Pricing

$65 - $272

Concession prices also available

Dining Packages

Make the most of your Opera 2017 experience with a selection of curated dining options now available

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

A $8.50 Service Charge applies per order to bookings made online or by phone, mail, fax and email.

Payment Processing Charge

Where indicated during the booking process, a per ticket charge applies of 1.05% of the advertised ticket price when:

  • paying by card or gift voucher online, which are the only payment methods available
  • paying by card in person, by phone or mail

Optional Express Ticket Delivery

A $5.50 per order charge applies if you wish to have tickets sent by Express or Registered Post.

All prices include GST.

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Performed in French with English surtitles