Carmen

Soaring voices, bold bull fighters and the burning fires of civil war set the stage for one of the world’s most loved operas.

Set against Sydney’s stunning harbour, Georges Bizet’s Carmen is setting fire to the night Sunday, April 23, at Mrs Macquaries Chair off the Botanical Gardens. 

One of the wonderful things about Sydney is the mixture of arts and environment, and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the penultimate collaboration between the two. 

Set in southern Spain, Bizet’s passionate story of the wild and beautiful eponymous Carmen and the fall of Don José, a naïve soldier she seduces with disastrous consequences.

Even if you’re a novice to the opera, the combination of setting, pyrotechnics and breathtaking costumes makes Carmen impossible to resist. 

Powerful voices sing those famous Spanish tunes, filling the night air with Spanish rhythms and fiery passion. Soldiers patrol, factory girls seduce shamelessly, glittering bullfighters parade and dancers pirouette their way across the stage as the captivating Carmen walks fearlessly towards a fate written in the cards. 

To further complete the allure, Opera Australia have also provided Spanish inspired dining including a tapas bar, a paella bar, a Spanish cantina and The Platinum Club, where you can book a table to enjoy a sit-down three-course meal. 

Carmen is now showing at Fleet Steps,  Mrs Macquaries Point, until April 23. 

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