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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 93 Reviews

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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Get an exclusive experience of the World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of this world-famous center for the performing arts. Your expert guide shares stories about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and in the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Go behind the scenes to see parts of the opera house normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms. Wrap up this fascinating morning tour by sitting down with your small-group companions for a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. Numbers are limited to 10 participants for a more intimate tour.

Highlights

  • 2-hour guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Gain exclusive access to rooms reserved for performers and staff
  • Walk on the same stage where luminaries such as Cate Blanchett, Luciano Pavarotti and Ella Fitzgerald have performed
  • Get the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes from your knowledgeable guide
  • Learn the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building
  • Small-group tour limited to 10-12 people ensures an intimate experience with fellow art-lovers

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Meet your small-group tour guide in the morning to hear the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, as well as the insider stories and industry secrets that play out behind the curtain. Performing arts fans of all stripes will relish the chance to experience the inner workings of this famous venue.

Get started early in order to ensure that you can access rehearsal areas, dressing rooms and concert stages; access is restricted later in the day. You might catch a glimpse of actors, dancers or musicians as they warm up backstage. You may might step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section, then walk onstage where countless artists have performed, seeing the majesty of the opera house from their perspective.

After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room — which is usually only accessible to performers and staff. As you enjoy a hearty meal, you can ask further questions and hear more stories. Choose from several hot and cold dishes with options for different dietary needs. It's the perfect ending to a memorable tour of this iconic performing arts center.

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Customer Reviews

Joc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What an extensive and enjoyable tour and breakfast. It was much more than I had expected and our guide was fabulous! Please note that there are MANY stairs so that would be the only caution for those who have movement challenges. I loved our guide and his extensive knowledge of ALL the stages within the opera house complex. I would recommend this highly to anyone!

Stanley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful experience.

nalst

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a wonderful tour of the Opera house. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It was very interesting seeing the how productions and stage props are managed backstage. We also enjoyed breakfast in the cafeteria where the performers eat.

nalst

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a wonderful tour of the Opera house. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It was very interesting seeing the how productions and stage props are managed backstage. We also enjoyed breakfast in the cafeteria where the performers eat.

sumo501

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour was outstanding. It was worth the time to get up early for it. We were in small groups which made it that much better. We learned a lot about how intricate and complicated productions are as well
as what goes on during the performance timetable, green room, etc. Got to eat where the performance eat. Saw the props for Sleep Beauty, walked on the stage and into the orchestra pit. Amazing. Hear
stories about some of the performance, etc. Had an interesting and knowledge guide.

sandra g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The person who showed us around was very informative. Full breakfast, delicious. It was held in the employee/artists cafeteria and was I found it very interesting to see how the employee/artists enjoy their services on site.

The Opera House, as you can imagine, is also wonderful on the inside.

It is an early morning start, but worth it.

Vancouver Canada

Delores S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our tour guide, Vicky, was fabulous! She took us into so many behind the scene places it was amazing. Plus, she was a wealth of information which is enjoyed sharing. I'd highly recommend this tour!

cdusmjrn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

You'll probably never get closer to see how things happen behind the scenes. Our guide, Daryl, was excellent and provided a lot of interesting facts and observations from his 20 years of experience conducting tours. The breakfast was great and although it wasn't in the Green Room, it was much nicer sitting outside at the harbor. I would highly recommend this tour to those that don't mind getting up early.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Jeanette was very knowledgeable about the Opera House and had a lot of very good stories for behind the scenes. This is a great tour, and finishing with breakfast in the Green Room was a plus. The Opera House is beautiful and really amazing.

Pamela T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful experience. We loved being on stage and seeing all the backstage activities, especially the orchestra pit. Our grandson plays the bass violin and we photographed that spot in the pit, as well as one of the violas, as our granddaughter plays that. We heartily recommend this tour.

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