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Experience the passionate drama of opera with Carmen
Carmen, one of the most popular operas in the world, is returning to the Sydney Opera House in June for a 2 month season of passionate performances with Opera Australia.
Since the first performance of Carmen shocked audiences in 1875, this opera has become one of the most acclaimed of all time. The dramatic love story and beautiful music, eloquently conveying the emotional self-destruction of the main characters, will linger in your mind long after the final act.
Composed by George Bizet, the opera is set in Spain and begins with the seduction of Don Jose, a young soldier, by Carmen, a beautiful and provocative gypsy. After neglecting his former love and his duties to pursue Carmen and engage in immoral acts, she rejects him in favour of a flamboyant toreador (bull fighter). In the opera's final act, the consequences of their actions explode on stage.
Carmen (by Luigi Caputo / CC BY 3.0)
The music, which creates this vivid world in Spain and amplifies the powerful voices of the performers, now transcends this opera. The arias will be familiar to non-opera lovers, especially Habanera and the Toreador Song. Relive the music here:
John Bell, founder of Bell Shakespeare, directs this opera, supported with a cast of talented Australian and French opera singers, including Clémentine Margaine and Milijana Nikolic as Carmen. The opera is performed in French, with English surtitles.
Galli-Marié - the original Carmen (by Henri Lucien Doucet / Public Domain)