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March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fireworks lit up the Sydney skyline above an astonishing opera stage last night, as part of Opera Australia's sensational new outdoor production of 'Carmen'!
This glittering new production brings all the drama of the world's best-loved opera to an unrivalled watertop stage, with the iconic Sydney skyline as its backdrop. Handa Opera on
Carmen, running for three weeks only from 22 March - 12 April.
A huge stage measuring 32m x 24m resembles a blood-stained bullfighting ring, backed by six red Hollywood-style letters spelling out CARMEN, measuring 9m high and 25m wide - impossible to miss as they beam across
A cast of 154 performers had four weeks to rehearse, and only seven days on the steeply raked stage. Opera
Australia's costume department has produced 284 costumes. Two cranes, each 26m high, move giant props on and off the stage throughout the production, including a life-sized tank and a truck.
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said, "This hotly-anticipated event of ours has everyone talking. From around the harbour's edge in
Sydney, you can now see the bright lights and letters of 'CARMEN.'
"None of this would be possible without the generous support of Dr Handa and the International Foundation of Arts and Culture. We also extend our thanks to Destination NSW, with whom we are working to attract audiences from interstate and across the globe to
Australia's major events capital, Sydney, to experience this spectacular and unique opera event."
Carmen is directed by
Gale Edwards who brings this
Carmen forward to mid 20
Spain. Award-winning set designer
Brian Thomson and costume designer,
Julie Lynch, are responsible for the show-stopping inspired by 1950s
John Rayment's lighting design is a spectacle of colour and movement, and
Kelley Abbey's choreography makes the dancing a standout!
Starring in this production are internationally-renowned mezzo-sopranos
Milijana Nikolicwho alternate the role of Carmen. International tenors,
Dmtryo Popov and
Adam Diegel share the role of
Don Jose and
Andrew Jones and
James Clayton alternate as the Toreador, Escamillo.
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