Seeing an Opera in Sydney
By Viator, November 2012
While there is much more to Sydney Opera House than opera, it has to be Australia’s most exciting venue to watch a performance by the world-renowned, Opera Australia. Predating the Sydney Opera House (which was opened in 1973) by almost 20 years, Opera Australia brought high-end culture to a country that was crying out for sophisticated and artistic entertainment, and remains to this day Australia’s largest and most productive performing arts organization with over 600 performances a year.
It is easy to plan your night at the opera because the season is scheduled at least a year in advance. Novices can pick their way through the maze of operas or work out which opera might best suit them.
For a night at the opera with a difference, Sydney visitors might wish to plan their trip to coincide with the once yearly opera performance on Sydney Harbour in March. This year – the second year it has actually been possible to watch opera on the Harbour – it's the turn of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, an opera that is known for its flamboyant costumes, cast and passionate Spanish arias.
The harbour performance is a one-off opportunity to watch Bizet’s Carmen on a floating stage with the world’s most spectacular natural harbour as a backdrop. You may not be inside the famous Sydney Opera House, but you get to see its famous sails, along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s glittering North Shore.
Tours & Tickets
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Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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Duration: At leisure