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Bizet’s Carmen to glitter on Sydney Harbour

The world’s most famous opera, Bizet’s Carmen, is coming to Sydney Harbour this November. Staged under the stars, this glittering new production will be performed on Cockatoo Island.

Premiering on November 25, Opera Australia’s production will take the beloved opera to new heights.

“This Carmen will be like none that we’ve ever staged before, and we’re excited to bring something new to audiences. Complete with some of the world’s best singers, a dance troupe and even a motorbike stunt rider, we invite people who’ve never seen an opera to come along and experience something different. Opera Australia is always looking for ways to create awe-inspiring experiences for audiences, and this new outdoor venue presents so many new possibilities,” said Lyndon Terracini AM, Opera Australia’s Artistic Director.

Carmen on Sydney Harbour This Magnificent Life
Image: Opera Australia

George Bizet’s gripping opera tells the story of the sultry and free-spirited Carmen who captivates the brigadier Don José with her beauty and charm. Sadly, his love is unrequited.

Opera on Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island’s industrial surroundings provide a fitting industrial backdrop for this gritty production. Created by celebrated director Liesel Badorrek and set and costume designer Mark Thompson this edgy production will see fire-twirling and a breathtaking firework display every night.

Customised dining offerings, onsite pop-up bars and a range of accommodation will also be on offer at one of Sydney’s most unique locations. Ferries and water taxis will transport opera-goers to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cockatoo Island. Guests can opt to arrive early to tour the island, dotted with industrial relics of its ship-building history and Sydney’s convict past. Guests will be transported by ferry or water taxi.

Carmen on Sydney Harbour This Magnificent Life
Image: Opera Australia

Opera Australia’s season of Carmen on Cockatoo Island kicks off summer on Friday, November 25, with the final performance of Carmen on Sunday, December 18.

Performance tickets – adults from $79 (+ $9.80 booking fee)
Ferry tickets can be booked separately when you purchase performance tickets
Opera Australia Box Office (02) 9318 8200

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Liz Bond comes from a PR background and loves fine wine, great food and rewarding travel - all the magnificent things in life. She prides herself in meeting famous celebrities at baggage carousels.

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