Summer nights in Perth set the stage for searing passions in Spain, as Bizet's indisputable masterpiece Carmen takes over the iconic WACA Ground.

This season is subject to COVID-19 regulations. 

Images by Alana Blowfield.


About the event

In a large scale outdoor arena spectacular, Bizet's indisputable masterpiece Carmen is staged with all the trimmings, performed by over 150 singers and musicians. The historic cricket ground, the scene of many epic conflicts, plays 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. Hatching a plan to end this epic love triangle and gain her freedom, will the fiery Carmen outsmart Don José or will her betrayal lead to shocking consequences?

Australia's finest singers bring this memorable story to life through arias such as the famous Habanera and the Toreador's Song with tremendous local talent from the West Australian Opera Chorus, the WAO Children's Chorus featuring the next generation of rising stars and the full might of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.


West Australian Opera presents Carmen in association with Perth Festival. This season is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund - an Australian Government initiative.


Join us for the ultimate event experience as The Kim Hughes Room is transformed by the flavours and flair of Spain. 

Be treated to delicious Spanish-inspired pre-show and interval hospitality (cold/hot canapes and bowl items), cocktail on arrival, and all-inclusive beverages throughout the event in a private, air-conditioned suite whilst enjoying this spectacular opera performance.

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Composer Georges Bizet
Dane Lam
Director Stuart Maunder
Video and Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan
Fight Coordinator Nastassja Kruger
Chorus Master Hugh Lydon
Repetiteur Tommaso Pollio
French Language Coach
Helen Brown
English Dialogue by
Tabatha McFadyen

Carmen Ashlyn Tymms
Don José
Paul O'Neill
José Carbó
Micaëla Prudence Sanders
Frasquita Emma Pettemerides
Mercédès Brigitte Heuser
Moralès Lachlann Lawton
Zuniga Jake Bigwood
El Dancaïro Mark Alderson
El Remendado
Matt Reuben James Ward
Lillas Pastia
Callen Dellar

WAO Chorus
WAO Children's Chorus



A digital program will be available closer to the time.


  • Download as PDF here
  • Download as Microsoft Word Document here


Standard Adult

  • $79.00* Premium
  • $49.00* A Reserve
  • $29.00* B Reserve


  • $79.00* Premium
  • $44.10* A Reserve
  • $26.10* B Reserve

Student / Child

  • $79.00* Premium
  • $20.00* A Reserve
  • $15.00* B Reserve


 Family Bundle (2 Adult + 2 Child)

  • $120.00* A Reserve
  • $80.00* B Reserve

Additional Child (Added to Family Bundle)

  • $20.00* A Reserve
  • $15.00* B Reserve


Gather your friends and family to share in the magic of this unforgettable experience!

Receive one complimentary ticket for every nine paid and save 10%* off the ticket price, with the option to reserve your seats now and pay later. 

  • $44.10* A Reserve Groups 
  • $26.10* B Reserve Groups 

Please contact [email protected] to make your group booking.


*For this event, a one-off service/delivery fee of $2.95 per transaction applies on all purchases.

Babes in arms policy is permitted for children under 2 years of age.

If you have selected to receive an e-ticket:

  • You do not need to print your e-ticket.
  • You need to bring a device (such as your mobile phone) to display your e-ticket for scanning.

If you have selected to receive a printed ticket:

  • You need to bring your printed ticket for scanning. 

All tickets will be scanned at entry. 


Please contact [email protected]

Our handy FAQs can be found below:

  • Download PDF HERE
  • Download Microsoft Word Document HERE

Our event map can be found HERE.

This production contains the following:

  • Adult themes
  • Strobe lighting
  • Smoke/haze effects
  • Loud sounds
  • Pyrotechnics

It is suitable for ages 12+

To enhance your experience of this special event, indulge in a delicious hamper made in-house at the iconic WACA Ground. 

Western Australian Cricket Association and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the event. These efforts include:

  • Trained Front of House staff who have completed COVID-19 infection training.
  • Security and SES onsite
  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue

Please refer to the WACA Ground conditions of entry please click HERE.

West Australian Opera will continue to adhere to all State Government regulations in order to maintain the safety of our audiences, artists and staff.  

Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us. 

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Language/sub-title available in english

Dates & Times

DURATION 3 hours including one 30 minute interval
24 February, 2023 Friday - 7.30pm
25 February, 2023 Saturday - 7.30pm