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The smouldering gypsy seductress, Carmen, leaves men panting for more. Foresworn to "freedom," she can be embraced, but never possessed. Her fate lies inextricably in the cards. See how a casual, flirtatious dalliance when mixed with jealousy and obsession becomes a seriously deadly game of chance. An unforgettable tragedy of shocking and risque morality, set to a fiery, colorful score infused with the pulsing sensuality of gypsy and Spanish influenced melodies.
Over 90 Victorian performers have been assembled by Melbourne Opera to bring Bizet’s dramatic story to life, creating an opera bursting with energy and packed full of great tunes including the Toreador Song, Habanera, Seguidilla and Flower song.
Directed by Hugh Halliday, the new opera promises to be lively, animated and energetic with thrilling performances from Dimity Shepherd and Tania Ferris as Carmen, joined by the magnificent dramatic tenors Jason Wasley and David Rogers-Smith as her doomed lover Don Jose. Simon Meadows and Phillip Calcagno will alternate as the glamorous Toreador Escamillo.
Photos by Robin Halls
Carmen - Dimity Shepherd & Tania Ferris
Don Jose - Jason Wasley & David Rogers-Smith
Escamillo - Simon Meadows & Phillip Calcagno
Micaela - Lee Abrahmsen & Kerry
Zuniga - Roger Howell & John Fernon
Morales - Michael Lampard & James Payne
Frasquita - Angela Hogan & Nicole Wallace
Dancairo - Ian Cousins & Lucas De Jong
Mercedes - Belinda Paterson & Caroline Vercoe
Remendado - Paul Biencourt & Michael Lapina
Lillas Pasta - Michael Lampard & James Payne
Guide - Michael Lampard & James Payne
Robert Van Keulen
Chorus Master - William Bamford
Andrew Cripps Clark
Choreographer - Michele Forbes