A highlight of the Australian cultural calendar, the cast will be led by Italian born Josè Maria Lo Monaco, one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation and Australian star Sian Pendry as the exotic Carmen. They will be joined by Spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi and Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski as the ill-fated Don José and Australian bass-baritones Luke Gabbedy and Michael Honeyman will make for a vibrant Escamillo.
“This will be the sixth year we’ve presented Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. It’s become such an internationally renowned event, tens of thousands of people fly in each year to experience this outdoor opera spectacular,” said Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.
Gale Edwards’ original production brings Carmen’s bloody drama to mid-20th century Spain with award-winning costume designer, Julie Lynch responsible for the lavish costume designs inspired by 1950’s Hollywood glamour.
One of Australia’s most daring set designers, Brian Thomson brings magic to the over-water set that features a 32 metre wide stage adorned by six Hollywood-inspired Carmen letters, measuring a staggering 9 metres high and 25 metres wide.
“It’s great to do Carmen on the harbour again, it’s an opera that people love. It’s one of those pieces that really has everything. There are fantastic big moments, which are not only tremendous musically, but theatrically,” said Lyndon Terracini.
The custom-built site has an impressive range of dining and drinking options that make the most of the magnificent harbour views and nightly fireworks. The stunning Platinum Club – a pop up dining room, bar and lounge set amongst the tree tops offers fine dining before the show, high tea and drinks at interval and as well as post performance drinks. Dinner and show packages are available with a three-course dinner, interval drinks, program and performance.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney
Season: 24 March – 23 April 2017
Information and Bookings: www.opera.org.au
Image: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen 2013 – photo by James Morgan