Opera Australia
Opera Australia
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
No trip to Sydney is complete without seeing an opera at the Sydney Opera House. Opera Australia performs at the Sydney Opera House January-April and July-November every year. Opera Australia also performs at Arts Centre Melbourne and on the Sydney Harbour stage. Most performances start at 7.30pm and run 2–3 hours with an interval. There is no dress code. English translations are projected above the stage for all operas sung in foreign languages. Selected operas in the season will also have Simplified Chinese translations (Carmen, La Traviata, Opera on Sydney Harbour and Aida).
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 8 min walk
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Lynnette M
Cheektowaga, United States2 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Went to see Miss Saigon. It was an awesome show!!! The stage was set up great and so were the props!!
Written 15 October 2023
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S & A, NZ
15 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
First ever visit to the Sydney Opera House. What a fantastic show. Great performance. Miss Saigon musical gave a good account of the events in the Viet Nam/American War. The turmoil the local people went through were felt from the show.
Written 5 October 2023
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Tarra N
13 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The beginning of Scene 1 was amazing, full of life, colour, and song, and continued to be throughout! The performers were fantastic artists and didn't disappoint. The most vibrant show I've seen!
Written 21 September 2023
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CantBeBothered18
Adelaide, Australia113 contributions
This is the first time I have seen Aida and going to the Sydney Opera House is such a treat. We had excellent seats at the Dress Circle. We could see the orchestra, the stage and the surtitle very well. The costumes are amazing. A lot of details had gone into them. The singing is fantastic. The conductor of the orchestra is so passionate. While the 10 screens set the mood of the scenes, I misses the clever physical stage settings. Overall, it was a beautiful performance and suited to opera lovers.
Written 13 July 2023
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Malcolm C
Maroochydore, Australia25 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
I thought Opera Australia's disappointing modern interpretation of Madame Butterfly was an aberration, having recently enjoyed Rigoletto. This production of Aida, using the same production ideas as Butterfly was a visual monstrosity. The sets comprised giant video screens will lurid graphics that distracted from the performance rather than providing a pleasing enhancement. An example was the scene in the first act between Aidi and Amneris, which was overwhelmed by a giant panther in the background that distracted from the intimacy of the exchange. Lurid and sexually graphic figures were plastered on the giant screens. Most of the graphics looked as if they have been composed on a teenager's computer. The costumes were a mishmash of styles from Egyptian to modern and all eras between. Aida was dressed as a Romany Gypsy. The Ethiopian prisoners were clad in modern attire; Amnoroso wore the garb of a downed WW2 aircrew. The soldiers looked as if they belonged in ancient India. The Pharoh meanwhile was dressed in 15th century European Armour and was wheeled around on a dais like a strange dalek. An irritating group of scantily clad dancers pranced about, shouting and slapping their thighs, which the director thought was a good way to spice up the Act 2 overture. The audience around me were unenthusiastic in their applause. For the first time at the Opera House, my wife and I left the theatre during the interval. We were not the only ones.
Written 10 July 2023
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Jack P
Boston, MA1 contribution
Jun. 2023 • Couples
The opera singers performance was impressive. Verdi's opera is "grandiose". However we didn’t like the nudity that was exposed in the background several times. It was innecessary.
The dance scene by the young dancers went for a bit too long. Very modern eratic dance moves expressing the violence of the war, why not, but a bit too long (a few of the spectators felt the same).
The costumes were magnificent. The mise en scene was really great and one could feel the Egyptian royal court atmosphere. Overall satisfied with the performance, we will definitely remember the powerful singing.
Written 21 June 2023
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Samet Y
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
The views were amazing and I took so many photos. It was the most amazing thing I have ever watched in my life
Written 13 June 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,314 contributions
Apr. 2023
Just when you think the harbour experience cant get any better, after a long wal or cruise/ferry activity, along comes the annual opera by the harbour, this year was Madame Butterfly, the performance was simply amazing, definetly not to be missed when the opportunity arises.
Written 11 June 2023
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AngWhitt
Jacksonville, FL237 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a definitely a bucket list for us. We saw Madama Butterfly and it was stunning. The spectacle of the stage changes was fascinating. Not to mention the performance and all the cool props. If you have the opportunity to go, GO!
Written 18 May 2023
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Marcus E
Swindon, UK3 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Solo
Sadly, a wonderful production with a great cast giving it everything was utterly ruined by the party boat pumping out hits just offshore. Couldn’t hear the opera I’d paid for most of the time, and any meaningful pauses were obliterated. Staff said there was nothing they could do: fair enough, but what about management and Sydney harbour authorities or Sydney tourist office? Waste of money, which is a shame because the backdrop, the easy access, the reasonably priced food and drink had the making of an otherwise great evening. A shame for the singers who were wonderful when I could hear them above the noise…
Written 22 April 2023
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