Free she was born, and free she will die!

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

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.

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 that 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 supertitles.

Come 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 the box office on 0861 670 670.

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

For media enquiries please contact Ronewa Mathobo

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