West Australian Opera

Carmen Gates open 5.30pm | Performance starts 7.30pm WACA Ground $15 - $79
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Fri 25 – Sat 26 Feb at WACA Ground, from $15 - $79

Summer nights in Perth set the stage for searing passions in Spain, as Carmen takes over the hallowed turf at the WACA Ground.

In a large-scale outdoor arena spectacular, Bizet's indisputable masterpiece will be performed by over 150 singers and musicians, with full lighting and costume, on a purpose-built stage filled with dazzling projections on the iconic WACA square. The scene of so many epic conflicts will play host to the loves, betrayals, celebrations and tragedies of one of opera's greatest stories.

Carmen is a bold, daring, working class woman, living life as a free spirit. She sets her sights on Escamillo inciting jealousy in her powerful lover Don José. She hatches a plan to end this epic love triangle and gain her freedom, but will the fiery Carmen outsmart Don José or will her betrayal lead to shocking consequences?

Bask in Bizet's glorious music as Australia's finest singers bring to life this well-loved story through arias such as the famous ‘Habanera’ and the ‘Toreador's Song’ with tremendous local talent from the West Australian Opera Chorus, WAO Children's Chorus and the full might of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Georges Bizet
Dane Lam
Stuart Maunder
Video & Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan
Chorus Master
Christopher van Tuinen
Children's Chorus Master
Hugh Lydon
French Language Coach
Helen Brown
Tommaso Pollio
Ashlyn Tymms
Don José
Paul O'Neill
José Carbó
Prudence Sanders
Emma Pettemerides
Brigitte Heuser
Lachlann Lawton
El Dancaïro
Mark Alderson
Jake Bigwood
El Remendado
Matt Reuben James Ward
WAO Chorus
WAO Children's Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

West Australian Opera 

West Australian Opera was established in 1967 and has been Western Australia’s only full-time, professional opera company for over 50 years. The company presents operas drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire and is involved in the commissioning and development of new work. West Australian Opera offers an annual subscription season of main stage productions as well as operatic events in metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The company has a strong education and community program, including Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes, library events, school excursions and incursions, makeup workshops and behind-the-scenes opportunities. It is an incorporated association with a board of eight directors, chaired by Andrew Pascoe. The Executive Director is Carolyn Chard AM and the Artistic Director is Chris van Tuinen.

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Time & Location

Fri 25 – Sat 26 Feb

Gates open 5.30pm | Performance starts 7.30pm WACA Ground, WACA Ground Gate 2, Nelson Crescent, East Perth


3hrs including interval

  • Premium

    • Adult: $79
    • Friends: $71.10
  • A Reserve

    • Adult: $49
    • Friends: $44.10
    • Junior (under 16): $20
    • Student: $20
  • B Reserve

    • Adult: $29
    • Friends: $26.10
    • Junior (under 16): $15
    • Student: $15

Eligible for package discount

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Sung in French with English surtitles



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Special Seating Package


From 6PM | Friday 25 & Saturday 26 February 2022

Join us for the ultimate event experience as The Bradman Room is transformed by flavors and flair of Spain. Be treated to delicious Spanish inspired pre-show and interval hospitality (*cold, hot canapes and bowl items), cocktail on arrival, all-inclusive beverages throughout the event and the best seats in the house for this spectacular opera performance.

Tickets $250 per person and can be purchased here

Stay COVID Safe

It's a condition of entry to register your attendance at our venues. 
To make it easier, download the SafeWA app now via the WA Government website. Or you can register at the venue. 

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Please note: In line with WA's Safe Transition Plan, you must be double vaccinated to attend this performance and you will be required to show proof of vaccination.



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