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CARMEN

Adrian Tamburini as Zuniga, Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Carmen and Dmytro Popov as Don Jose in CARMEN. Pic Branco Gaica
Adrian Tamburini as Zuniga, Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Carmen and Dmytro Popov as Don Jose in CARMEN. Pic Branco Gaica

George Bizet’s CARMEN has been wowing opera-goers for over 140 years now with its alluring mixture of the unpredictable and dangerous, love and loathing, and, as the program notes state, “the ultimate femme fatale is back to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance”.

As a staple of Opera Australia’s programming (the last major run at the Opera House was only a couple of years ago), American director Francesca Zambello was presented with a real challenge in bringing something fresh to the story of that most famous of feisty gypsy girls and the ultimately doomed desires of her suitors, whilst at the same time maintaining the levels of passion and intensity both musically and visually that the audience has come to expect.

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