- Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance at the Sydney Opera House
- Guided Tour of the Sydney Opera House
- Three-course dinner at the award wining exclusive Aria Restaurant
- Enjoy an interval drink at one of the bars overlooking Sydney Harbour
- A and B Reserve seating available
What You Can Expect
Begin your evening with a guided tour of Sydney Opera House followed by a three course pre-theater dinner at Aria Restaurant. A performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will complete your Red Carpet experience. You will receive an exclusive Sydney Opera House gift to take away as a souvenir.
Ranging from treasured classics at the heart of the orchestral repertoire to galvanising contemporary works, the programs of the 2014 season have something for everyone.
The Sydney Opera House was destined for greatness ever since it was opened in 1973. Easily Australia's most recognizable icon, the building is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site joining the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China and Egypt's pyramids as one of the world's 'must-see' travel attractions. Combining your visit with a performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and dinner at one of Sydney's best restaurants simply makes for an unforgettable Sydney Opera House experience.
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2014 Performance Schedule:
American cellist Lynn Harrell returns... to perform Shostakovich’s second cello concerto. Then experience the surging rhythms, resplendent colours and tremendously focused energy that propel Schubert’s final masterpiece for orchestra
Performance dates: April 11
Strictly Baz Luhrman - Music from the Movies
Baz Luhrmann has been responsible for some of the most imaginative, spectacularly colourful and epic films of our times. And his soundtracks work hand in glove with the visual spectacle to excite us, move us and make us draw breath in sheer awe.
Performance dates: May 2, 3
Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto makes for a monumental first half. It's possibly Rachmaninoff's most demanding concerto. 'No one's ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach 3!' says John Gielgud in Shine. But Lukáš Vondráček disagrees. Following on is Shostakovich's intriguing and quirky Symphony No.15 under the direction of Alexander Lazarev. A concert to remember!
Performance dates: May 9
Elijah - Celestial Voices
Peter McCreesh recreates the massive scale of the first performance, you'll hear massed choirs and heavenly voices sing Elijah's triumph and fiery ascension in Mendelssohn's Elijah. This Old Testament story of earthquakes and fire will ignite the concert hall with its Romanticism, comforting Lyricism and rousing drama. Truly inspirational.
Performance dates: May 14, 16, 17
Beethoven 1 & 2 Beethoven Piano Concertos Robertson and Ax
Beethoven at his Classical best. His Piano Concerto No.2 is sunny and playful in a way that calls to mind Mozart and Haydn. The bright and joyful Piano Concerto No.1 was the young composer's showpiece - devilish passages and a dreamy adagio, under the direction of David Robertson and featuring pianist Emanuel Ax
Performance dates: June 13
Beethoven 3 & 4 Beethoven Piano Concertos Robertson and Ax
Beethoven finds his own Romantic voice and moves beyond his Classical forbears in his third concerto. Hear the shadowy moodiness and complexities that makes this work utterly seductive. In his fourth concerto, the piano begins alone and leads the charge towards its wild and exciting finale.
Performance dates: June 18
Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto Robertson and Ax
One of the best-loved piano concertos of all time, the 'Emperor' is truly music for heroes - the genius composer, the majestic spirit that
infuses it, and the virtuoso at the keyboard. Also on the program Richard Strauss's A Hero's Life - noble, commanding music with a deeply personal voice.
Performance dates: June 20, 21
Brahms & Dvorak - Romantic Masterpiece
The warm, deep, comforting resonance of the cello, the soulful melodies that sing of an unattainable lover, its rich Slavic expressiveness –
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is a true classical favourite. Brahms – friend and admirer – called it ‘a great and excellent work’ and his impassioned Fourth Symphony makes the perfect pair.
Performance dates: July 11
Harp Legends - Simone Young Conducts
If legends and fairytales excite you then this is your concert! From Orpheus of ancient Greece to the troubadours and the Celtic bards, the harp has been spinning tales for centuries. For the concert highlight, Simone Young is treating us to a rare performance of Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairytale The Mermaid, hear the rich orchestral colours and impassioned harmonies of this classic brought to life.
Performance dates: July 25
Pepe Romero undoubted king of the classical guitar world returns to Australia in two highly anticipated special event concerts featuring Rodrigo's much-loved Concierto de Aranjuez, and the heart-melting lute concerto by Vivaldi that guitarists have made their own. Music of passion from a living legend.
Performance dates: August 1, 2
Four Last Songs - Roberston & Brewer Perfom Strauss
Christine Brewer returns to perform Strauss's extraordinary Four Last Songs - soar ecstatically into oblivion on the rich orchestral colours and vocal wings of these majestic songs. Then Brahms shifts the mood with the expansive Second Symphony, under the direction of our new Chief Conductor David Robertson
Performance dates: August 13, 15, 16
Symphonic Inspiration - Robertson Conducts Brahms
Be inspired as the colours of the orchestra shine through with Brahms's rich and melodius Third Symphony. Let the brass section lift you with Janáček's dazzling Sinfonietta before Russian-born violinist Vadim Repin performs Lalo's soaring Symphonie espagnole. A performance of brilliance and bliss under the direction of our new Chief Conductor David Robertson.
Performance dates: August 29
Bruckner 6 & Stephen Hough Plays Dvorak
Pianist Stephen Hough brings his trademark polish to Dvořák's brilliant hidden gem of a piano concerto. And Bruckner will draw you into his Sixth Symphony, from delicate string intricacies to vast panoramas of blazing brass. A magnificent exultant and well-deserved finale is the reward.
Performance dates: September 17, 19, 20
The Matrix Live - Film in Concert
Sci-fi thriller The Matrix on the big screen with Don Davis's score played live by the orchestra in the concert hall. Step into the matrix and
free your mind, we can only show you the door, you have to walk through it.
Performance dates: September 26, 27
Tchaikovsky 5 & James Ehnes plays Prokofiev
In Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, we all recognise something of ourselves, joy and sorrow, optimism and despair. Hear this incredible composer lay his soul bare on this musical canvas. Prokofiev's Violin Concerto provides the bittersweet balance to Tchaikovsky that sees the return of violinist James Ehnes. A concert of triumph and drama, a concert that will move you.
Performance dates: October 10
Mahler 7: Night Music - Poulenc's Organ Concerto
David Drury will bring the Sydney Opera House organ to life performing Poulenc's playfully profound Organ Concerto. Then take a journey through supernatural realms, with new orchestral colours giving way to a sunrise finale in Mahler's Symphony No.7 under the direction of Jonathan Nott.
Performance dates: October 29, 31 November 1
West Side Story - On Stage & Screen
Celebrate the iconic winner of 10 Oscars when the Sydney Symphony Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein's score live with the re-mastered film (directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, featuring Robbin's choreography, Ernest Lehman's screenplay and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics) shown in hi-definition with original vocals and dialogue intact
Performance dates: November 7, 8
Vanska Conducts Brahms
Osmo Vänskä has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest Romantic interpreters alive today. See him create pure magic with the musicians as he draws out all the vivid colours, powerful rhythms and dynamic variety of Brahms's mighty First Symphony. A true highlight of the season.
Performance dates: November 19, 21, 22
Brahms & Mahler - Symphonic Firsts
Hear the first symphonic efforts of these magnificent composers, Brahms set out to create a symphony and ended up with a piano concerto as full-on as a symphony. Mahler set out and created a gargantuan masterpiece from its gentle opening, like the first blinking stars in the night, to the famous funeral march and rousing fanfares. Simply, spine-tingling music that will leave an impression on all.
Performance dates: November 28
Enigma Variations & Zimmerman play Sibelius
Elgar's Enigma is an affectionate portrayal of friends and the source of musical beauties such as the 'Nimrod' variation. Also on the program is Sibelius's evocative concerto, an exciting showpiece for virtuoso Frank Peter Zimmermann.
Performance dates: December 3, 5, 6
ARIA Pre-theatre Sample Dinner Menu:
Located on the doorstep of Sydney Opera House, ARIA combines the finest of food and wine, knowledgeable and friendly service with spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and of course the Opera House, making ARIA one of Sydney's ultimate dining restaurants.
The ARIA bar boasts an impressive private cellar providing the opportunity to sample some of Australia's rarest and the world's finest wines, with an elegant space for a relaxing drink before dining.
- Freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters. Half dozen, with thai basil and Banyuls dressing
- Heirloom carrots with green lentils, sheep milk yoghurt and sherry vinegar
- Scallops roasted with kimchi puree, silken tofu, steamed eggplant and tapioca crisps
- Peking duck consomme with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms
- Kurobuta pork belly with pork croquette and caramelized apple
- Quinoa crusted celeriac with grilled baby leeks, fried camembert, fregola and salsa verde
- Crisp skin Barramundi with fzucchini, lemon and pine nuts
- Roasted fillet of salmon with fennel, orange and watercress
- Roast lamb rump with garlic soubise, baby fennel and mint gel
- Grass fed scotch fillet with lyonnaise potatoes, green asparagus with a bone marrow and cornichon sauce
- Brandy snap mille feuille with caramelised bananas, hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce
- Black currant jelly with poached peaches, quinoa tuille and vanilla ice cream
- Valrhona "Caramelin" mousse with candied cumquats, gold leaf and pecans
- Cheese plate. A selection of Australian and international cheeses
We had a wonderful time very professional. Great meal. Tour very informative. Thank you will recommend
dinner was beautiful. but the sydney symphony orchestra was absolutely mind blowing.
we were just captivated, couldn't recommend the experience highly enough :)