Carmen turns up the heat tomorrow night!

Carmen Opera Queensland



This is my favourite opera. It’s the first opera I ever saw and it’s the only opera I never tire of hearing or seeing.


Also, I feel sure I was Spanish in a previous life. OLE!

26 and 30 October, 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 November 2012 – Lyric Theatre, QPAC

After five weeks of intensive rehearsals, Opera Queensland’s production of Carmen will take to the Lyric Theatre stage tomorrow night, Friday 26 October, for a seven-performance Brisbane season.

This spectacular production from internationally renowned director Francesca Zambello stars stunning American mezzo- soprano Kirstin Chávez as the free-spirited gypsy rose, a role she has performed to great acclaim around the world.

“Playing the role of Carmen is a very special privilege and one that I do not take lightly,” says Chávez. “She’s not a role like other opera roles. She tests my very limits physically and vocally. Each time I bring her to life, I give my all, and when the curtain comes down, I feel that I have accomplished something worthwhile and presented a worthy gift.”

Bizet’s iconic tale of passion unfolds when a fight breaks out at a cigarette factory in a Seville square, and Carmen – a gypsy – is arrested by the soldier Don José. Carmen quickly seduces him but like many before him, Don José’s attempts to tame the freedom-loving beauty are futile. His obsession with her turns to murderous rage when she leaves him for the famous toreador, Escamillo.

The soul stirring music of Carmen is some of the most familiar in all of opera. From Carmen’s rich and provocative Habanera and seductive Seguidilla to the rousing Toreador Song, the score is full of fiery Spanish rhythms and popular melodies.

Making his Opera Queensland debut, French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, leads an exciting cast of international and Australian artists including Ukrainian tenor Konstantin Andreiev as Don José, Australian-based Argentinian baritone José Carbó as Escamillo and soprano Lecia Robertson as Micaëla, with the mighty Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Carmen is one of the greatest operas of all time – and a feast for all the senses.

Performances: Evenings 7.30pm: 26 / 30 Oct and 1 / 3 / 6 November Evenings 6.30pm: 8 November

Matinee 1.30pm: 10 November


Sung in French with projected English translations. Running time – approximately two hours and fifty minutes including one twenty-minute interval.

This production is presented by arrangement with Opera Australia.



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