Opera on Sydney Harbour

Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NSW. © Tourism Australia

Opera on Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales
March/April

Experience the grandeur of a world famous opera performed against the backdrop of stunning Sydney Harbour with spectacular views over the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These annual outdoor productions by Opera Australia feature magnificent sets, beautiful costumes, dazzling lighting and some of the world’s most much-loved operas all performed on a giant shimmering stage which is purpose-built for the occasion on Sydney Harbour. Opera Australia is Australia's national opera company and Australia's largest and busiest performing arts organisation staging more than 600 opera performances per year.

Sydney loves a big outdoor spectacle and it does them spectacularly well. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics set a new benchmark for such events; while the New Year’s Eve Fireworks are famous around the world.

Opera on Sydney Harbour is another grand scale event which stages famous lavish opera productions outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour; the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

These annual outdoor productions by Opera Australia feature magnificent sets, beautiful costumes, dazzling lighting and some of the world’s most much-loved operas, such as La Traviata and Carmen, all performed on a giant shimmering stage purpose-built for the occasion on Sydney Harbour.

Audiences can watch world-class opera, including favourites such as La Traviata and Carmen, from a 3000-seat grandstand erected on a site at Fleet Steps next to the Royal Botanic Gardens. A range of bars and dining areas serve refreshments from champagne and snacks to pre-show dinner and post-show cocktails for the complete opera experience.

Opera Australia is Australia's national opera company and Australia's largest and busiest performing arts organisation. The company performs regularly at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Arts Centre during the opera season.

Opera lovers can also experience a special New Year’s Eve performance by Opera Australia at the Opera Gala in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Some of Opera Australia’s best artists perform popular arias from operatic masters including Verdi, Offenbach, Puccini and Bizet. It is one of the best vantage points in the city to experience the world-famous fireworks display at midnight.

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