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Bizet’s great opera CARMEN

Opera Hunter is very excited to present Bizet’s great opera  CARMEN, Warners Bay Theatre, July 10 to 21 2024.

Carmen was derided in 1875 for presenting gypsies, smugglers, factory workers and other common people on stage in grand opera.

Bizet died a few months after the premier believing that it was a failure. Tchaikovsky predicted that in ten years Carmen would be the most popular Opera in the world, and he was right!

We are very excited to present Carmen in the original French language with surtitles and spoken dialogue in English.

Christopher Bearman OAM conducts the Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra. Director Stewart McGowan & Designer Robyn Greenwell are setting the opera in 19th Century Spain.

The design team are taking an innovative approach to evoking the world of this opera. Bizet’s verismo masterpiece continues to speak to us about love, pain, and passion.

We feel the joy and terror of life on the margins.


Carmen – Ellen Malone & Anthea Harrington
Don Jose
– Sam Elmi & Raphael Hudson
Michaela – Marian Moroney
Escamillo – PJ Willis
Frasquita – Emma Lewis
Mercedes – Joanna  Andrew
Le Remendado – John Campbell
Le Dancairo – Ezekiel Weedon
Zuniger – Malcolm Young
Morales – James Walker

With the Opera Hunter Chorus and Children’s Chorus.


  • Wednesday July 10th – 7.30pm
  • Friday July 12th – 7.30pm
  • Saturday July 13th – 2pm
  • Sunday July 14th – 2pm
  • Wednesday July 17th – 7.30pm
  • Friday July 19th – 7.30pm
  • Saturday July 20th – 2pm
  • Sunday July 21st – 2pm

Tickets are available at


 Performances Warners Bay Theatre

  • Wed July 10th – 7.30pm
  • Fri July 12th – 7.30pm
  • Sat July 13th – 2pm
  • Sun July 14th – 2pm
  • Wed July 17th – 7.30pm
  • Fri July 19th – 7.30pm
  • Sat July 20th – 2pm
  • Sun July 21st – 2pm


Director: Stewart McGowan
Conductor: Christopher Bearman OAM.
Designer: Robyn Greenwell
Musical Director: Mercia Buck OAM


Tickets available from Sticky Tickets

  • Adult – $55
  • Concession – $45