- Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance at the Sydney Opera House
- Guided Tour of the Sydney Opera House
- Three-course dinner at the award wining exclusive Guillaume at Bennelong or Aria Restaurant
- Enjoy an interval drink at one of the bars overlooking Sydney Harbour
- A and B Reserve seating available
Begin your evening with a guided tour of Sydney Opera House followed by a three course pre-theater dinner in either Guillaume at Bennelong or Aria Restaurants. 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 2013 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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2013 Performance Schedule:
Legends by the Sea: Ashkenazy conducts Sibelius
It's time to revisit Finland’s musical master, and the high point of this program is a thrilling set of legends about a Finnish hero, Lemminkäinen. He’s young, handsome and reckless, and there’s music to match.
February: 6, 8, 9
A Finnish Epic: Ashkenazy conducts Sibelius
The dark drama of Kullervo is prefaced by a concerto that begins in the depths of the orchestra and emerges as one of Ravel’s most ambitious and emotionally revealing creations.
Tan Dun's Martial Arts Trilogy
The soloists become the heroines. The erhu is Llo, dreaming of transcendence through martial arts, the violin is Flying Snow in a story of revenge and redemption, and the piano is the Empress Ano, sacrificing love for power.
February: 22, 23
Jazz Trumpet meets the Orchestra
Composed for James Morrison and the Sydney Symphony in 2003 – brings the infectious spirit of cartoons, pop and Latin-infused jazz into the concert hall and gives Morrison a vehicle for his brilliant and inimitable trumpet style.
March: 6, 7
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky always wears his heart on his sleeve, whether in the exhilarating brilliance of his most popular piano concerto or in his youthful and very Russian obsession with fate.
March: 13, 15, 16
Fated to be one of the most famous and recognized of all choral works on the strength of just one number! The words might have been written down by mediæval monks but the themes are strangely modern and absolutely secular.
March: 21, 22, 23
Handel's Water Music: Baroque Grandeur
For the past 40 years Reinhard Goebel has introduced audiences throughout the world to the splendour and excitement of baroque music played true to style. He comes to Sydney with a program built around the brilliant sounds of Handel’s Water Music – a right royal accompaniment for a king’s trip on the Thames, c.1717.
April: 4, 5, 8
Northern Lights: Ades conducts Sibelius
This modern classic places the cello and orchestra in competition, culminating in what can only be described as a 'sort of duel'.
May 1, 2
Ashkenazy conducts Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony
The concert begins with the Sydney Symphony strings, capturing the transparency and inner energy of the ‘Grand Fugue’, originally written for four musicians. In the Triple Concerto hear the triple pleasure of three soloists in partnership and the athletic virtuosity of a concerto.
May: 10, 13
Ashkenazy's Favourites: Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Walton
Indulge in a few of Ashkenazy’s favourites as you experience the romanticism of Tchaikovsky mixed with the neoclassical Mozartian concerto of Strauss and leaving on high spirits with Walton’s Symphony No.1.
May: 15, 17, 18
Organ Symphony: Dutoit and the Orchestra
This is your chance to hear the Grand Organ of the Sydney Opera House in action – as part of the fabric of the orchestra in this 'symphony with organ'.
June: 5, 7, 8
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto: Spellbound
Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring was the starting point for this concert. It's exactly one hundred years old in 2013, but its fierce rhythms and mesmerizing sounds seem as fresh as if they'd been invented yesterday
Barry Humphries, Dame Edna (and Other Animals)
Join Dame Edna and her alter ego Barry Humphries in a side splitting performance of storytelling definitely for the young at heart.
June: 21, 22
Verdi's Requiem: Robertson Conducts
In his Requiem, Verdi brought together his theatrical instincts, his gift for vocal writing and a whole life’s experience to create a musical work that spoke to an entire nation in mourning.
July: 10, 12, 13
The Flying Dutchman: Robertson conducts an Opera in Concert
In another century, the Flying Dutchman took the Devil’s name in vain, and now he’s doomed to sail the seas, allowed ashore once every seven years to search for the woman who will be his salvation. It’s a tale of obsession, sacrifice and redemption and zombies!
July: 20, 22
Bohemian Adventure: Dvorak Symphony No.8
This is an adventure that strolls through the Bohemian countryside, and the music tied together with flowing melodies and jaunty rhythms suggests the sights and sounds of Dvořák’s native land.
Celebrating Wagner's 200th anniversary, sees an orchestral fanfare inspired by Ludwig’s story and themes from The Ring operas. Original Wagner follows with music from The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and the rip-roaring Ride of the Valkyries!
Lisa Gasteen Returns: Wagner & Bruckner
Performing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder – five intense songs inspired by the elation and heartbreak of a great love affair. It’s Tristan und Isolde in miniature.
August: 7, 9, 10
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The first two Lord of the Rings movies have packed the Concert Hall with audiences who know just how thrilling it is to experience these epic stories with an orchestra live on stage. So make haste - you'll need to be faster than a wood elf, faster than a Black Rider, faster than Shadowfax himself if you want good seats for a very special performances
French Liaisons: Capucon plays Saint-Saens
Watch young French conductor Lionel Bringuier and the return to Sydney of cellist Gautier Capuçon in a program of music by three great French composers
An irresistible mashup of trance, techno and Latin rhythms in this wild and explosive Fiesta!
October: 25, 26, 28
Dvorak's New World: Explorations in Sound
Dvořák went to New York to help American composers find a distinctive voice of their own. Meanwhile, he felt homesick for his native Bohemia and these twin inspirations have given generations of music-lovers one of the most heartfelt and expressive symphonies ever written!
October: 30, 31
War Requiem: Ashkenazy Conducts Britten
Music’s most famous pacifist, Benjamin Britten, composes his War Requiem for performance in the new cathedral. Combining the traditional words of the Latin Requiem mass with anti-war poems by Wilfred Owen.
November: 8, 9
Thibaudet plays Gershwin: Jazz Inspirations
Jean-Yves Thibaudet brings impeccable flair to his performances, and you’ll want to hear him in George Gershwin’s jazz-inflected piano concerto.
December 6, 9
Variations on an English Theme: Haydn, Brahms & Britten
Haydn went to England where he found fortune and fame. The acclaim brought with it an honorary degree from Oxford and his radiant and witty Symphony No.92 was part of the celebrations. Later, Brahms paid his own tribute to Haydn with a set of variations that builds from a serene, hymn-like tune to a majestic climax.
December: 11, 13, 14
Guillaume at Bennelong Pre-theater Sample Dinner Menu:
Situated in the southern sail of the Sydney Opera House, diners sit beneath Joern Utzon's vaulted concrete "ribs". Both the restaurant and the bar offer spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay and the city. Guillaume's superbly crafted dishes and the establishment's commitment to providing world class service, combines to offer a truly exceptional dining experience.
- Freshly shucked pacific oysters with shallot vinegar
- Blue swimmer crab with cucumber, avocado, capsicum coulis and coriander vinaigrette
- Tomato gazpacho with 20 year old balsamic vinegar
- Salad of beetroot and asparagus served with croutons, spring onions, goats curd and baby mache
- Steak tartare with pomme gaufrettes
- Country style terrine served with mustard, cornichons and toasted sourdough
- eared scallops served on a bed of pea and ham hock puree with Shimeji mushrooms and jus gras
- Sealed grainfed beef tenderloin with tombe of field mushrooms, spinach and confit of shallot with merlot sauce
- Roasted Barramundi with carrot and ginger puree, coriander and pomme allumette
- Char grilled King Salmon with a salad of fennel, broad beans, asparagus and herb vinaigrette
- Pea tortellini with baby leeks, asparagus and light tarragon butter
- Duck leg confit with baby peas, baby cos, speck and shallot butter
- Trio of Sorbet
- Warm chocolate tart
- Raspberry macaron with fresh raspberries and raspberry sorbet
- Creme brulee with passionfruit and banana passionfruit sorbet
- Selection of cheese
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