Carmen, scheduled for February 2022, will be postponed.

With the increasing uncertainty around COVID-19 we have taken this decision following consultation with stakeholders and we are grateful to patrons for their understanding. We are working toward rescheduling to 2023.

All ticketholders will receive a refund and will be contacted directly via their point of purchase.

Please refer here for State Government COVID-19 updates.

Click here to receive further Carmen updates. 

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

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 grounds, 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 to life this memorable story 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. 

Special Hospitality Seating - The Bradman Room
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Composer Georges Bizet
Dane Lam
Director Stuart Maunder
Fight Coordinator
Nastassja Kruger
Video and Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan
Chorus Master Hugh Lydon
Children's 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

WAO Chorus
WAO Children's Chorus


Our handy FAQs can be found 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. 

For more information please click HERE.

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]

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:

  • The completion of a COVID safety plan.
  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
  • Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE

For more information on the venue conditions of entry please click HERE.

As per the WA State Government update HERE, proof of vaccination will be required for large events (500+). 

  • Patrons over the age of 16 will be required to provide proof of vaccination to attend Carmen

Should this event become impacted by further government regulations mandating the wearing of face masks or any other requirement, it is a condition of entry that you will need to comply with that requirement or present evidence of a medical exemption if applicable.

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
25 February, 2022 Friday - 7.30pm
26 February, 2022 Saturday - 7.30pm


WACA Ground

WACA Ground, Nelson Crescent, East Perth 6004

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