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Opera Australia

More stories. More sensational music. More of what makes opera magical. The excitement begins long before the first note. The date in your calendar. The glitter of the harbour. The magnificent sails. And then, the singing: unamplified, unfiltered, unbelievable.

Opera Australia's 2024 season has been brought together by two exceptional women: Lindy Hume, as guest Creative Director of the summer season, and Jo Davies, incoming Artistic Director. Together, they've created an exciting program, full of emotion and on-stage spectacle. 

Opera Australia has sought out some of the world’s best voices, including home-grown talent, so you can hear these masterpieces in all their glory. There’s something for everyone.

First operas for 2025 just announced!

2 Jan – 28 Mar 2025 Opera

Cinderella

Feel all the magic of the fairy tale with enchanting music, playful choreography and extravagant costumes in this whimsical production of the classic opera.

31 Dec 2024 Opera

Cinderella on New Year’s Eve

A prince, a ball, a woman in flight. Will they find true love before midnight?

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23 Jan – 27 Mar 2025 Opera

La Traviata

Glamour, riches and a tragic secret: this is the story of a courtesan falling in love. Classic opera with stunning costumes and outstanding music.

Special Events

28 Aug – 1 Nov 2024 Musical Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

Musical theatre and international recording superstar Sarah Brightman leads a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece.

31 Dec 2024 Opera

New Year’s Eve Opera Gala 2024

Dress up to the nines, kick up your heels and leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the iconic sails and make it your most glamorous New Year ever.

Winter Season

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4 Jul – 16 Aug 2024 Opera

Tosca

A thriller with sensational music, opera’s best villain and an unforgettable ending, Tosca will keep you on the edge of your seat.

5 Jul – 21 Oct 2024 Opera

Great Opera Hits 2024

Listen to famous arias performed by some of Opera Australia’s finest opera singers in this relaxed 90-minute concert.

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3 – 19 Jul 2024 Opera

Il Trittico

Three short operas by one of opera’s greatest composers offer a triple helping of music and emotion: thrilling drama, personal crisis and sparkling comedy.

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20 Jul – 9 Aug 2024 Opera

Hamlet

Shakespeare’s searing portrait of a prince in crisis in an acclaimed contemporary opera by Australian composer Brett Dean.

1 – 17 Aug 2024 Opera

Cosi Fan Tutte

Two men attempt to seduce the other’s lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet. Mozart’s sublime music makes this opera must-see.

11 Aug 2024 Opera

Freddie De Tommaso: ll Tenore in Concert

See why Freddie De Tommaso is winning plaudits and fans the world over in this historic Australian debut, off the back of his first two albums.

Past Events

31 Dec 2023 Opera

New Year’s Eve Opera Gala Concert

There’s nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year’s Eve, so enjoy a few drinks overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour before you take your seats for this Opera Gala.

31 Dec 2023 Opera

La Traviata on New Year’s Eve

Dress up to the nines, kick up your heels and leave the crowds behind for a glamorous start to the New Year with a fresh perspective on an opera classic.

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27 Jan – 16 Mar 2024 Opera

La Traviata

Glamour, riches and a tragic secret: this is the story of a courtesan falling in love. Classic opera with stunning costumes and Verdis outstanding music.

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16 – 31 Jan 2024 Opera

Orpheus & Eurydice

Journey to the underworld and back with the grieving Orpheus. Awe-inspiring acrobatics meet Gluck’s exquisite music in this production created with the internationally renowned Circa.

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17 Feb – 16 Mar 2024 Opera

The Magic Flute

Escape into an enchanted world for Mozart’s fabulous adventure. A noble hero and his loveable sidekick must rescue a princess in mortal danger.

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20 Feb – 15 Mar 2024 Opera

Mozart’s Idomeneo

An epic opera about gods and monsters, human frailty and the power of love. Mozart’s genius is on full display.

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8 – 9 Feb 2024 Opera

Theodora in Concert

Lose yourself in Handel’s sublime music in this collaboration between the internationally celebrated Pinchgut Opera and Opera Australia.

1 Mar 2024 Opera

Opera Up Late

Join your host, international comedy and cabaret star Reuben Kaye, as he throws open the doors for a late-night Mardi Gras celebration for the ages.

16 – 21 Apr 2024 Musical Theatre

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: West Side Story

Experience the greatest score ever written for musical theatre, dynamic dance numbers that soar through the open air, and a love story for the ages.

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14 – 16 Jun 2024 Opera

Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan

A dazzling new operatic work by some of Australia’s most acclaimed creative talents, bringing a real-life tragedy, and eventual triumph, to the stage.