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Carmen on Cockatoo Island (Opera Australia)

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Tickets from $79 (excl. booking fee)

Opera Australia website
  • Dates: Select nights between 25 Nov and 18 Dec 2022
  • Duration: Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes (incl. one interval)
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Eastern Apron and Bolt Wharf, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

Important notes
  • Language: Sung in French with English surtitles
  • Content: This production contains adult themes and sexual references.
We are excited to be hosting ‘Carmen on Cockatoo Island’ – an innovative opera experience premiering in November 2022. Revellers will enjoy the modern classic staged in a raw, industrial setting on the world’s best harbour.

Produced by Opera Australia, Carmen on Cockatoo Island is Bizet’s gripping tale of fate and freedom, presented in an exciting new way – under the stars, against the backdrop of our iconic destination in the heart of Sydney Harbour. 

Plus, opera enthusiasts will have the option to partake in a selection of dining options as they fall under the spell of Carmen’s memorable Spanish tunes, sultry story, and dazzling spectacle – think fire-twirling, car chases and fireworks!  

Performances will run between 25 November 2022 and 18 December 2022, so make a booking today. Tickets available from $79 (excl. booking fee). Visit the Opera Australia website for more details.

[Note: The Harbour Trust works closely with Opera Australia to ensure that any potential impact to the surrounding community is carefully managed and minimised. If you have any questions regarding Opera Australia’s Noise Management Policy, please contact Opera Australia at customerservice@opera.org.au. For urgent matters during the performance, phone Opera Australia’s Noise Management hotline on 0426 228 075.]

Post-opera accommodation

Once ticketholders have been swept up in a web of love, lust, and betrayal, they can enhance the experience with a stay in our waterfront campground or heritage accommodation.

Surrounded by landscaped gardens with sweeping views, our apartments and holiday houses marry heritage character with modern amenities. Meanwhile, our campground represents an opportunity spend a night (or longer) under the stars, in the heart of the world’s best harbour. 

Family Heritage House Exterior Cockatoo Island Sydney 650X550

Exclusive pre-show tour

During the 1860s, Bizet’s music career was still in its infancy, and the Parisian composer laboured to make a living from his talents. As Bizet toiled away, so too did the convicts of Cockatoo Island, located on the other side of the globe.

By this time, the island’s convict era was beginning to wind down, but its inmates continued to perform backbreaking work. The Harbour Trust, in partnership with Opera Australia, invites Carmen on Cockatoo Island ticket holders to book a pre-show tour of the island’s Convict Precinct, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with 10 other convict sites nationwide.

During this 30-minute tour, you’ll visit striking sandstone buildings from the convict era and discover the harsh living conditions endured by the inmates.

Family Convict Precinct Mess Hall Cockatoo Island Sydney 650X550

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