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a . pera’s favourite femme fa­tale re­turns for the spell­bind­ing Handa Opera on Sydney Har­bour, bring­ing the best of opera to a more re­laxed, but equally charged, at­mos­phere of an out­door venue. Brian Cas­tles-Onion will con­duct the 80 piece live orches­tra, as he has done for each Handa Opera on Sydney Har­bour, and says the pro­duc­tion will out­shine the views.

“It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence, you can see the Har­bour Bridge and the Opera House and it’s our job on stage to make it an even more splen­did ex­pe­ri­ence than those (land­marks) and we do that, the pro­duc­tion is quite fan­tas­tic, it’s very colour­ful and en­ter­tain­ing,” he says.

“When you con­duct a great work you have a great start al­ready and you don’t re­ally need to help it along, it dic­tates it­self and al­lows you to tune your per­son­al­ity and cast into the piece, and Car­men is cer­tainly one of those pieces.” Car­men on Sydney Har­bour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Mac­quar­ies Point; un­til April 23, 7.30pm, tick­ets $99-$359, opera.org.au

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