Opera Australia to Present New ‘Carmen’ on Cockatoo Island

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Australia’s brand new, Sydney-exclusive open-air event, Opera on Cockatoo Island, is set to launch in November with a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The production is set in the industrial surroundings of Sydney’s historic Cockatoo Island and will be directed by director Liesel Badorrek. The set and costumes will be designed by Mark Thompson.

The unique Sydney summer experience is an all-inclusive night out, with customized dining offerings and pop-up bars onsite at one of the most unique locations in the city. The adventure starts and finishes with leisurely ride on one of Sydney’s famous ferries or water taxis. Guests can arrive early for a tour of the world-heritage listed island, dotted with industrial relics of its ship-building history and architectural marvels of Sydney’s convict past. Or just relax by the water and indulge in a beverage and bite to eat while the sun goes down over the Harbour.

In a statement OA Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini said, “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.”

Tahu Matheson will conduct a cast that includes Carmen Topciu, Sian Sharp, Roberto Aronica, Diego Torre, Daniel Sumegi, Alexander Sefton, Danita Weatherstone, and Rebecca Gulinello.

“Carmen” opens on Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 18, 2022