Prepare to be swept away by the beauty of opera at one of Sydney's most iconic venues. This truly is one of Sydney's most inspiring attractions and your chance to immerse yourself in thrilling voices, lavish sets and costumes, and moving stories — opera has it all!
The Sydney Opera House was built for opera. Imagine the harbour sparkling with city lights and the waterfront bars buzzing with the anticipation of a great night out as you arrive. Visit the bar at the Northern Foyer and over look Sydney's magnificent harbour — perhaps indulge in a glass of champagne pre-show and before long it's time to take your seats. As the lights go down and the orchestra begins to play the real magic begins.
Thrilling voices, lavish sets and costumes, moving stories, great tunes — opera has it all!
Operas (most performances at 7:30pm, * indicates 1pm matinee)
La Bohème: The original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin. See it if you like glamorous sets and costumes, tearjerkers, famous melodies.
Turandot: A prince pursues an ice-cold princess in a stunning opera full of riddles and intrigue. (It’s the one with ‘Nessun dorma’.) See it if you like ballet, famous tunes, exotic fairytales.
Wozzeck: Visual artist William Kentridge transforms a 20th-century operatic masterpiece into a must-see meeting of art, opera and theatre. See it if you like contemporary art, groundbreaking opera, theatrical storytelling.
Werther: The ultimate Romantic opera about unrequited love. Pure passion and brilliant voices. See it if you like intense romance, gorgeous music, gothic stories.
Salome: Lust, violence and religious fervor all have their moments in this short, compelling opera about the worst of human nature. See it if you like gory historical dramas like Game of Thrones, spectacular dance and intense performances
Madama Butterfly: The world’s most famous love story in a bold new production by choreographer Graeme Murphy. See it if you like a good tearjerker, Miss Saigon, stunning sets and costumes
Anna Bolena: King Henry VIII tries to rid himself of Anne Boleyn in this historical drama with some of Donizetti’s best music. See it if you like bodice-rippers like The Tudors, historical dramas, beautiful melodies.
Whiteley: The talents and troubles of iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley inspire a brand new Australian opera from the incomparable Elena Kats-Chernin. See it if you like brand new work, Brett Whiteley’s paintings, Australian stories.
The Marriage of Figaro: Exquisite period sets and costumes feature in this Downton Abbey-style comedy where servants get the better of their masters. See it if you like upstairs/downstairs stories, intricate period costumes and sets.
Il Viaggio a Reims: A frivolous excuse for a huge cast of fabulous singers to knock your socks off. This playful production features the world’s most famous artworks. See it if you like art history, elaborate jokes, impressive harmonies
Once this experience has been confirmed changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
There will be other customers attending the performance.
There are no rules about what to wear when attending the opera. It is always great fun to dress up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory.
Tickets will be available from the venue box office one hour prior to the performance start time.
Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW.