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

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.


Please note this production contains adult themes, strobe lighting, smoke/haze effects, loud sounds and pyrotechnics.

It is suitable for ages 12+



Composer Georges Bizet
Dane Lam
Director Stuart Maunder
Video and Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan
Sound Designer James Hewgill
Fight Coordinator
Nastassja Kruger
Chorus Master Hugh Lydon
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] if you have lost your tickets.

Our handy FAQs can be found below:

  • Download PDF HERE
  • Download Microsoft Word Document HERE

Please refer to the WACA Ground conditions of entry HERE.


A range of dining options and bars will be available at the WACA Ground, designed to suit all budgets and dietary requirements. 


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

To book, click HERE or select "Hamper Upsell" when placing your ticket order.

View the menus below:

  • Download PDF HERE
  • Download Microsoft Word Document HERE


You are welcome to bring packaged food to enjoy at the event. There are some outdoor seating areas suitable for picnics beside the South West Pavillion. Alternatively, you may wish to arrive early and soak up the afternoon sun at the beautiful Queens Gardens next to the WACA Ground.

Please note picnics must be brought in a soft bag, and refer to the prohibited items list below.


Please do NOT bring:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glassware, glass bottles or cans, including spray cans
  • Folding chairs or stools
  • Esky coolers (only soft bags are permitted)

Click HERE for a full list of prohibited items and conditions of entry.

Additional details will be published on this page in the lead-up to the event.

Our event map can be found HERE.

With the support of Lotterywest, a FREE livestream will be available for a real-time viewing so you can enjoy the spectacular and drama of Carmen from the comfort of home.

To register for the livestream, click HERE

If you are located in Regional Western Australia, you can also attend a Livestream event in person at the below venues:

Margaret River Heart, Margaret River 
7.30pm Friday 24 February 
Register for your free ticket/s here 

Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
7.30pm Friday 24 February
Register for your free ticket/s here 

Cummins Theatre, Merredin
7.30pm Friday 24 February
Register for your free ticket/s here 

Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance 
7.30pm Friday 24 February
Enquire at venue

Arts Narrogin, Narrogin
7.30pm Friday 24 February
Enquire at venue

Beverley Station Arts, Beverley 
7.30pm Friday 24 February
Enquire at venue

Three Springs, North Midlands
7.30pm Friday 24 February 

Toodyay Community Resource Centre, Toodyay
7.30pm Friday 24 February 

Walpole Community Resource Centre, Walpole
7.30pm Friday 24 February

Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie-Boulder
7.30pm Friday 24 February


The WACA Ground has wheelchair and companion seating allocations available in the Players Pavilion (Bay 2) and South West Pavilion (Bays 1 & 3). 

To book, you can:

  • Fill out the Accessible Seating booking form HERE; or
  • Call Ticketek's Accessible Seating booking line 1300 665 915 if you require special access, wheelchair or companion card seating (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm AEST)


Please note there will be a walk from the entry gate to your seats. You may wish to wear comfortable walking shoes.

This production contains the following:

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

It is suitable for ages 12+

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


WACA Ground

WACA Ground, Nelson Crescent, East Perth 6004

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