Carmen & The Firebird

25 May — 3 June, Playhouse, QPAC

A fiery and dramatic double bill choreographed by two of ballet’s best.

Carlos Acosta, former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most acclaimed dancers in the world, has distilled the famous operatic story, Carmen, into a powerful, theatrical ballet — a tour-de-force of raw, honest characters and thrilling dance.

Bizet’s electrifying music underscores a tale of passion and betrayal. Don José is hopelessly smitten by the free-spirited and sensual Carmen, but when she discards him for a dashing matador, his ardour turns to jealous rage.

Famed choreographer Liam Scarlett brings his hallmark musicality and finely-crafted choreography to the iconic 20th century ballet, The FirebirdWhile paying homage to the ground-breaking original, Scarlett asserts its modern relevance with an unconventional twist to the powerful narrative.

Prince Ivan calls upon the magical Firebird to help him do battle with Immortal Kostcheï, whose evil soul is protected within an enchanted egg. In this mythical, dark tale, a mighty battle of wills and a burning love ignite the drama.


Carmen is a co-production between Royal Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.
The Firebird is a production from the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.


Carmen The History

Many choreographers have been drawn to this tale of jealousy and desire.

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Carmen The Story

The searingly dramatic story, adapted from Georges Bizet's wildly successful opera.

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The Firebird The History

The Firebird ballet is a story full of magic and love.

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The Firebird The Story

Under a moonlit sky the Firebird appears before the immortal Köschei in his enchanted garden...

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An Introduction to Carmen The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta reveals how he adapted one of the world's most iconic operas into a modern, yet classically-grounded ballet.

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School & Community Matinees

Tailored performances with Q&A, perfect for schools.


After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.



Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances. You can also view the program online before the performance.



Choreographer Carlos Acosta
Composer Georges Bizet
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Musical Arrangement Martin Yates
Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Stager Yaday Ponce
Set and Costume Designer Tim Hatley
Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

A co-production between Royal Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.


Choreographer Liam Scarlett
Composer Igor Stravinsky
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Music Arrangement Jonathan McPhee
Music performed by Queensland
Symphony Orchestra
Stager Kaloyan Boyadjiev
Set and Costume Designer Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer James Farncombe

A production from the Norwegian National
Opera & Ballet.



  • Friday 25 May — 7:30pm Fri 25 May — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 26 May — 1:30pm Sat 26 May — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 26 May — 7:30pm Sat 26 May — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 29 May — 6:30pm Tue 29 May — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 30 May — 6:30pm Wed 30 May — 6:30pm
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  • Thursday 31 May — 7:30pm Thu 31 May — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 1 June — 7:30pm Fri 1 Jun — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 2 June — 1:30pm Sat 2 Jun — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 2 June — 7:30pm Sat 2 Jun — 7:30pm
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  • Sunday 3 June — 1:30pm Sun 3 Jun — 1:30pm
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Adult $100
Concession $85
30yrs & under $65
Child $55

Adult $110
Concession $95
30yrs & under $70
Child $60

An additional transaction fee of $7.20 applies for Print@Home and $8.20 for Standard Mail.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just three or more ballets.

Concession: Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable.

30 yrs & under: Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking.

Child: Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking.


Playhouse, QPAC

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School Groups $30 per student
One teacher free per group of ten