Carmen: a Spanish Inquisition

A man stands in the dock. His crime? The murder of the most famous heroine in operatic history…

Set after the final tragic music has died away, Carmen: a Spanish Inquisition finds us back in Lillas Pastia’s tavern, hearing the final summing up of evidence in the trial after Carmen’s murder. Bizet himself is in the dock – although he doesn’t always take the proceedings as seriously as the Judge would like him to.

The 60 Minute Opera team are well-known for their engaging studio adaptations of main stage operas. Students and adults alike are drawn into the characters and music, gaining a wealth of understanding of the musical and historical background to the opera which enhances their experience of the State Opera dress rehearsal.

Congratulations on such a fun and engaging way to introduce school kids to opera. The show was a real treat!
Elizabeth Raupach

Presented in association with The State Opera of South Australia.
Supported by The State Opera of South Australia & Friends of the State Opera of SA.


Images by Photografeo

Music by Georges Bizet
Devised and adapted by Cheryl Pickering
Translated by Richard Chew

Director: Cheryl Pickering
Musical Director: Richard Chew
Designer: Bec Francis
Lighting Designer: Sue Grey-Gardener
Production Manager: Emma O’Neill

Carmen: Sally-Anne Russell
Escamillo: Andrew Turner
Don Jose: Robert Macfarlane
Micaela: Deborah Caddy
Frasquita: Kate Wyatt
Mercedes: Sarah-Jane Pattichis
Georges Bizet: Nick Martin
Special Guest: Judge Susanne Cole as herself
Flamenco Dancer: Marsha Weston
Flamenco Singer: Salvador “el Titi” Flores
Flamenco Guitar: Alain Valodze