- 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
- 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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2015 Performance Schedule:
Schumann 1 & 2
Tetzlaff & Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Schumann's first two symphonies and Mendelssohn's exquisite violin concerto make for an uplifting evening with musical friends.
Performance dates: Feb 11, 13, 14
An Evening with Ella, Louis and the Duke
James Morrison's A‐Z of Jazz
All the colours of the orchestra and Australia's First Man of Jazz come together for an engaging journey through the great moments of jazz history.
Performance dates: March 6, 7
Janine Jansen plays Brahms
The Brahms Violin Concerto...Sibelius Five... Discover the masterpieces anew in the excitement of live performance.Music exists in time, in the moment. Even familiar, much‐loved masterpieces take on a fresh aspect with each new performance.
Performance dates: March 18, 20, 21
Mozart & Franck
Come to the Sydney Opera House and find yourself in Paris ‐ fashion capital of the musical world! The composers are Austrian and a Belgian, but our guest artists are French‐speaking, and the musical destination is Paris in this sparkling program of symphonies... and variations on the theme.
Performance dates: April 10
Le Grand Tango
with Sydney Dance Company
The virtuosos of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra take to the floor with the Sydney Dance Company for a Latin‐inspired display. The scene is set with intense, steamy tangos by Piazzolla and the sultry sound a solo cello. Hear and see unbridled passion and the mingling of bodies locked in dance. Sarasate provides an adrenaline rush with his thrilling 'Spanish Dance' featuring two violins. Frenchman Bizet has to prove he can be more Spanish than the Spanish!
Performance dates: April 17, 18
At the height of Romanticism, two composers enter the world of childhood and work musical magic. The final decade of the 19th century. Two composers enter the Romantic world of childhood, with its joys, its fears and its magic. Folk poems are the starting point for Mahler, with songs that range from charming innocence to deeply felt yearning.
Performance dates: May 8
Wagner, Bartok & Brahms
A full symphony orchestra weaving an intimate spell of love in the concert hall. The first person to hear the Siegfried Idyll was the composer's wife, waking up on her birthday to the sound of a musical love letter.
Performance dates: May 13, 15, 16
My Country, My Life
Music from the heart, with love of country and love of life providing the inspiration. Steven Mackey's music returns to the stage of the Sydney Opera House with a violin concerto that combines the verve of his rock guitar background with the deep feeling of personal inspiration.
Performance dates: June 3, 5, 6
Robertson conducts Haydn, Berlioz & Schubert
The classical vigour of Haydn and Schubert makes a perfect frame for the passionate feeling of Berlioz at his most beautiful.
Berlioz can be noisy and fun (Roman Carnival), or grand and ambitious (his Te Deum). Or he can be sublimely tender.
Performance dates: June 12
Gil Shaham plays Barber
Two masters of melody, a grand symphonic adventure and a masterpiece of modern Romanticism. Barber's Violin Concerto has all the ingredients for success: memorable melodies, eye‐opening virtuosity and a sincerity of emotion you'll recognise from the Adagio for Strings.
Performance dates:June 26
Yuja Wang Plays Brahms
Yuja Wang plays Brahms for her Australian debut! When she makes her Australian concerto debut, Yuja Wang will certainly be making a splash! The Chinese superstar pianist has chosen one of biggest and mightiest of piano concertos in the repertoire ‐ music that's sure to impress.
Performance dates: July 15, 17, 18
Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
You can't get more Russian, or more Romantic, than Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Hear them both in this concert conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Of all the great composers, there are two who wear their hearts on their sleeves. Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff are neck and neck when it comes to the prize for heartfelt melodies and musical passion.
Performance dates:July 24
Dancing with the Devil
Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich
Dancing witches, fiendish virtuosity and a composer 'dancing with the devil' for his own safety... Together they make for a gripping concert! Verdi sets the scene with witches, ghouls and the queen of darkness, dancing around a cauldron. Rachmaninoff picks up with music based on a tune by the violinist Paganini, a virtuoso so brilliant some thought he'd sold his soul to the devil! The 'Rach Pag' is an astonishing set of variations for piano and orchestra, and variation 18 contains the most memorable melody Rachmaninoff ever wrote.
Performance dates: Aug 12, 14, 15
Time for Three
Time for Three are three young Americans with crazily eclectic musical taste. And they promise you a knockout concert that will put a smile on your face. Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer are three American guys who met at music college and found a love of fiddling in everything from country and western to bluegrass, jazz, rap and alt rock.
Performance dates: Aug 28, 19
Ravel, Debussy & Berlioz
Charles Dutoit returns to Sydney with a sumptuous and magnificent concert of French music. You'll be impressed! Charles Dutoit is an old friend of the SSO and we're always excited when he comes to conduct the French music that sits at the heart of his repertoire.
Performance dates: Sep 4
Schumann's Cello Concerto
Charles Dutoit conducts a 'Roman orgy' of a concert, with breathtaking music by Berlioz and Respighi. Schumann's graceful cello concerto provides the balance. Berlioz sets the scene with the exhilarating madness of Carnival time in Rome. Anything goes! There's more Italian colour and brilliance to come from the orchestra, but first a detour.
Performance dates: Sep 9, 11, 12
Sibelius's most popular symphony and a brilliant and romantic violin concerto give this concert energy and confidence. Sculthorpe reminds us that life is fleeting... For Peter Sculthorpe, the sight of the great stone heads on Easter Island inspired a meditation on the fragility of life. His Memento mori is a warning for the planet ‐ sounds of regret, hope for salvation.
Performance dates: Oct 9
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Experience Beethoven at his most visionary and inspirational with solo voices, a grand choir and full orchestra!
Beethoven said his Missa Solemnis was 'my greatest work'. He put his heart and soul into this music over a period of nearly four years ‐ well and truly missing his deadline along the way ‐ and the result is magnificent, ambitious and gloriously inspiring.
Performance dates: Nov 14, 16, 17
The legendary Audra McDonald comes to dazzle Sydney with your favourite Broadway show tunes. Audra McDonald just won her sixth Tony Award and two Grammys, and we're thrilled to have enticed her to Sydney. Whether it's Rodgers & ammerstein, Irving Berlin, Ebb & Kander, Lerner & Loewe, Mancini, Sondheim or beyond, she can sing it all, bringing glamorous style to the classics and pizzazz to the latest shows.
Performance dates: Nov 6, 7
Thus Spake Zarathustra
Edo de Waart Returns
Former chief conductor Edo de Waart returns to conduct signature music by Wagner and Strauss, and a spectacular showpiece for organ with Olivier Latry. Some of Edo de Waart's most exciting concerts with the SSO featured music by Wagner and Richard Strauss, and now he's back with more of that signature repertoire.
Performance dates: Nov 25, 27, 28
Edo Conducts Mozart & Elgar
Edo de Waart returns to Sydney with Elgar's First Symphony and music by Mozart and Ross Edwards. Ross Edwards believes that music has enormous therapeutic qualities: through music we find transformation and healing. And the enticing style of his White Ghost Dancing brings ritualistic rhythms and spiritual chanting to this final concert of the 2015 season
Performance dates: Dec 4
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
The guide was completely knowledgable and the back stage and inside your was absolutely wonderful. It was with a small group and felt private and personal.
Afterward the Aria Restaraunt was a fabulous way to begin a charming night of enjoying the arts as the symphony that followed was perfect!
The concert was great, as well as the tour and dinner.
This tour was fantastic and a must see for any visitors to Brisbane, The tour guide Bob was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any question we asked him! A great action packed day!!
Tour of the opera house (symphony hall, etc.) was excellent, dinner was fine, and symphony concert outstanding. Would like a lower price.
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 :)
very good amacing also nice viewing of the touring around the opra house plus enjoyed them playing there instrements plus i liked them talking about it.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The Opera House tour was brilliant - our guide was clearly besotted with the place and passed his enthusiasm onto us. Our meal was very nice - quite small and ridiculously overpriced - must admit that I would never pay as much for any meal as a rule and as usual, the more you pay, the less you get ! - and the concert was very good. That it was in the Concert Hall was excellent as we thought that was a wonderful room.