If you love your opera, this classic tale is the perfect accomaniment to your Autumn break at Hotel Urban St Leonards.

Following on from a brilliant season in 2013, Gale Edward’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen will return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2017.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is now a definite highlight of the Australian cultural calendar and has been described as one of the top four opera open-air events in the world.

The cast is led by Italian born Josè Maria Lo Monaco and Australian star Sian Pendry shines as the exotic Carmen. They will be joined by Spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi and Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski as the ill-fated Don José and Australian bass-baritones Luke Gabbedy and Michael Honeyman will make for a vibrant Escamillo.

Gale Edwards’ original production brings Carmen’s bloody drama to mid-20th century Spain with award-winning costume designer, Julie Lynch responsible for the lavish costume designs inspired by 1950’s Hollywood glamour.

Carmen runs from 24 March to 23 April on the Fleet Steps at Mrs Macquarie’s Point.  For more information check out their website here.