John Bell’s vibrant production of Bizet’s Carmen returns to the Joan Sutherland Theatre 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.
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.
The role of Carmen is shared with Sian Sharp, and Carmen Topciu who returns after her critically acclaimed OA debut in 2019’s Anna Bolena. South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee and Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia will both reprise the shared role of Don José and Luke Gabbedy will share the role of Escamillo.