Carmen – Free she was born and free she will die!

Carmen for Joburg with Sempre Opera
Carmen for Joburg with Sempre Opera

Sempre Opera is proud to announce its upcoming production Carmen by George Bizet in collaboration with Joburg Theatre.

Sempre Opera, founded in 2011, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Carmen by George Bizet in collaboration with Joburg Theatre to be presented on the Mandela Stage from Sunday, 3-10 June 2018.

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Bizet’s masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, betrayal and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed.

Come and experience this most vivid of operas, performed by a dynamic local and international cast:

  • Carmen – Linette van der Merwe (mezzo-soprano)
  • Don José – Stéfan Louw (tenor)
  • Escamillo – Christian Bester / Berislav Jerkovic (baritone)
  • Micaëla – Lauren Dasappa / Marina Botha-Spies (soprano)
  • Frasquita – Deirdré Rautenbach (soprano)
  • Mercedes – Loralee Songer (mezzo-soprano)
  • Zuniga Otto – Maidi (bass-baritone)
  • Remendado – Chris Mostert (tenor)
  • Dancairo – Walter Fourie (tenor)
  • Morales – Thabang Senekal (baritone)

Tickets are now available from R180 online at or contact box office on 0861 670 670.

Discounts available for students, pensioners and Groups of 10+.

Seville, Spain. A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms – whatever her fate may be. The passionate triangle of the world-wise gypsy woman, the jealous soldier who loses everything to love her, and the toreador who will win her is one of the world’s most loved operas.

The desperate young soldier Don José is led astray from his village life and love, the adoring village girl Micaëla, as he chases the irresistible and enchanting gypsy, Carmen. Carmen’s seduction and charms lead Don José into obsession and ruin when she leaves him for the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo.

The opera, directed by well-known baritone Danie Verster, will be fully staged and features the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Schalk van der Merwe, one of South Africa’s ambitious, upcoming conductors. The opera will be sung in French with English super titles.


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