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Opera Australia celebrates its 25th Anniversary at HOTA

5 Jul 2021

Opera Australia celebrates its 25th Anniversary at HOTA

Opera Australia is due to land on the HOTA stage in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their national touring program. No small celebration, the highly respect team behind the organisation are bringing to life one of the world’s favourite operas, Bizet’s Carmen.

The 25 years of touring has been no small feat for the company. Boasting a résumé of over 650 performances, in over 115 locations, and clocking in over 300,000 kilometres, it’s been no minor journey for Opera Australia.

Setting off on their quarter century celebration with a team of 32 people (including cast, crew, and chamber orchestra), they will perform for 30,000 people, in over 40 cities across the country. We’re fortunate to welcome the talented team back to HOTA for another stunning production.

Carmen's Don Jose Surrounded by women.
At HOTA we’re big believers that great art doesn’t just belong in the capital cities, and Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini agrees.

‘We’ve had such a terrific response over the years, and in fact reaching this 25-year milestone is testament to the level of support this tour attracts right across the country.

‘It’s an opportunity for Australians to experience the traditional artform, often for the first time, performed by excellent singers and musicians, that also includes a children’s chorus from each local town or city, giving them invaluable experience with a professional touring company,’ he said.

Opera Australia's Carmen children's choir on stage

Director Matthew Barclay shared his excitement of bringing the vibrant classic to life.

‘I’m really excited to create this production of Carmen, and aware that for some people it may be their first encounter with Bizet’s opera, and for that reason I really hope the production enables them to fall in love with the work.

‘Carmen really has it all, some of opera’s greatest music and most famous tunes, Spanish flair, passion, tragedy and a truly enigmatic character in Carmen, but above all it’s about love. It’s the ideal way to showcase world-class opera on stages around Australia,’ said Matthew.

Taking place in Seville, during the socially conservative 1960s Spain, Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget. A free-spirited woman who becomes entangled with the fiery, jealous, and destructive Don José. Hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified. If you’ve never been to the opera before, now’s your chance to experience a classic.

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate 25 years of Opera Australia and experience Carmen at HOTA.