“A vivid and seductive Cuban-flavoured affair” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Sexy, physical and powerful” – The Daily Telegraph
“A colourful explosion filled with recognisable music” – Broadway World
John Bell’s evocative, vibrant production of Bizet’s Carmen returns to the Joan Sutherland Theatre this summer with five singers making their Opera Australia debuts, bringing new life to an enduring, critically acclaimed favourite.
The titular femme fatale is played by Italian mezzo-soprano Veronica Simeoni in a signature role she has performed all over the world with a voice described as “rich and sufficiently wine-dark” by Limelight magazine.
Italian tenor Roberto Aronica plays Carmen’s desperate lover Don José and Polish bass-baritone Lukasz Golinski plays Escamillo. Young sopranos, Italian Claudia Pavone and Romanian-born British Simona Mihai, debut in the shared role of Micaëla.