Creatives slam Opera Australia

The lead creatives of Opera Australia’s Handa Opera production of Carmen on Sydney Harbour are angry that they have been excluded from a remounted production of the work.

Kate Wormald in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — Carmen 2013. Photo credit: James Morgan. 

Set designer Brian Thomson AM, costume designer Julie Lynch and director Gale Edwards have issued a strongly worded statement over Opera Australia’s failure to invite them back to oversee Carmen on Sydney Harbor.

The joint statement from Brian Thomson AM, Julie Lynch and Gale Edwards is published in full below. 

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts