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Winter Escape Season


By Opera Australia | Winter Escape Season

Due to current health guidelines and capacity limits of no more than 50 people in an indoor seated entertainment venue the performance of Carmen has been cancelled.

We are currently working through our schedule scoping opportunity to reschedule, please bear with us while we work through the logistics.

If you would like to hold on to your tickets until we have a rescheduled date, you don’t need to do anything. We will email you with the details of the new date as soon as that is confirmed.

If you would prefer to have a refund for your tickets please email us back on boxoffice@geelongartscentre.org.au and include your booking reference number. We will refund the credit card used to purchase the original tickets.

Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget.

In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her, but Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.

Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is strong. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate.

Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified.

Sung in French with English subtitles. Performed with a live chamber orchestra.

Contains replica firearms, use of herbal cigarettes and mature themes.


  • Directed by Matthew Barclay
  • Conductor Luke Spicer
  • Set & Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
  • Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
  • Orchestration Robert Andrew Greene
  • Carmen Angela Hogan, Dimity Shepherd
  • Don José Iain Henderson, Matthew Reardon
  • Image Jeff Busby

We have implemented a range of health, hygiene and physical distancing measures, in line with government guidelines. These measures include:

  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory across all Geelong Arts Centre venues
  • Hand sanitiser is available at hygiene stations in foyers and outside lifts and stairs
  • Capacity signage throughout venue and studios to promote physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning of all facilities
  • Disinfection of seating and touchpoints before each performance
  • Increased cleaning of foyer spaces and handrails
  • Increased cleaning of bathrooms
  • Sneeze guards at point of sale
  • Foyer seating arranged to ensure 1.5m distancing
  • Decreased capacities in theatres and foyers
  • Staggered audience entry and exit in venues
  • Physical distancing markers at queuing areas such as Food and Beverage outlets and Box Office
  • Staff monitoring traffic flow and distancing


Ticket prices

  • Full Price $69
  • Concession $62
  • Senior $66
  • Student 16+ Full Time $62
  • Child Under 16 $45
  • Group 10+ $59


Costa Hall


135 minutes, 20 minute interval.