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Overview

Enjoy a world-class experience at the Sydney Opera House that features a dazzling Opera Australia performance in addition to a 2-course gourmet pre-theater meal with matching wines and a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the World Heritage-listed performing arts venue. Learn all about the storied history of the opera house during the 1-hour walking tour, then sit down to a tantalizing dinner at Aria, one of Sydney's top restaurants, Bennelong or Portside Sydney. Top it off with a ticket to Opera Australia!!
  • Enjoy a guided tour and a world class opera performance at the Sydney Opera House
  • Choice between a 2-course pre-theatre dinner at the award-winning exclusive Aria Restaurant, Bennelong or Portside Sydney
  • Choose from premium, A Reserve or B Reserve seating
  • 2019 Performances include Great Opera Hits, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Whitley, West Side Story and more

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If you want to make your visit to the celebrated Sydney Opera House truly unforgettable, choose this popular package. In addition to seeing a top-notch opera production, you get a guided tour, a gourmet dinner at Aria, Bennelong or Portside Sydney.
Whether you are an avid opera fan or simply looking for a special experience during your Sydney vacation, a performance at the Sydney Opera House promises to be a memorable night at the opera.

Start off your evening with a look behind the curtain on a 1-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Hear stories about the celebrated venue's history and backstage real-life dramas from an expert guide who shares insider tales of this venerable performing arts center. Then sit down to a pre-theater dinner with matching wines at either Aria Restaurant, Bennelong or Portside Sydney.

Finally, choose from a selection of reserved and premium seating options and enjoy a sublime performance by Opera Australia to top off your red carpet experience (please see Itinerary below for details). Performances are held in the Opera Theatre, the second largest venue at Sydney Opera House, which seats 1,547 people. Subtitles in English are projected onto a screen above the stage for operas that are performed in their original language (mostly Italian). 

Likely to Sell-out! Sydney Opera House and Opera Australia Dinner Package regularly sell out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

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Itinerary

Package Options:
Gold Experience -
VIP Sydney Opera House Walking Tour, two-course pre-theatre dinner with paired wines at either Bennelong or Aria Restaurant and a Opera performance ticket at the Iconic Sydney Opera House. 
Silver Experience -
VIP Sydney Opera House Walking Tour, two-course pre-theatre dinner with paired wines at Portside Resturant with un-disrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a Opera performance ticket at the Iconic Sydney Opera House. 

Seating Options:
Premium Reserve –
 A premium reserve will be in the middle/center of a row for a ticket, giving the guest an optimal view of the stage.
A Reserve
A Reserve tickets will normally be more towards the aisle of a row, and will still have a very good view of the whole stage.
B Reserve
B Reserve tickets will be either aisle seats or seats very close to the aisle on either side of a row.

2019 Performances dates at the Sydney Opera House:

Great Opera Hits - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 90 minutes, including one interval
Language: English
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

7:30PM
January: 1
February: 14
March: 14, 29
August: 9, 26
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

La Boheme - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 2 Hours & 15 Min
Language: Sung In Italian with English Surtitles
The way first love grabs hold and floods you with something you’ve never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. The growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can’t last forever. Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music — music that soars with the ecstasy of love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss. Gale Edwards’ glittering production is set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s bohemian Berlin

7:30PM
January: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 17, 19, 21, 23
February: 2, 5, 8
March: 20, 22, 25, 28

Turandot - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 2 hours & 45 Min
Language: Sung In Italian with English Surtitles
Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. ‘Nessun dorma’ is just one of its magnificent moments. Renowned conductor Christian Badea returns to conduct a thrilling cast: Amber Wagner as the ice princess with Andeka Gorrotxategi as the man determined to win her heart. Later in the season, Dragana Radakovic and Yonghoon Lee are Turandot and Calàf. Hyeseoung Kwon reprises her touching turn as Liù.

7:30PM
January: 18, 24, 29
February: 1, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
March: 1, 5, 8, 12, 16, 19, 23, 27

Wozzeck - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 1 Hour & 40 Min
Language: Sung In German with English Surtitles
Berg’s fascinating opera is a portrait of a ravaged man, drawn with vivid clarity through unsettling music and sharp, structured scenes. One of the most exciting visual artists of our generation, William Kentridge, directs and illustrates this extraordinary production, a collaboration between Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival and the Canadian Opera Company.

7:30PM
January: 25, 30
February: 6, 9, 12, 15

Werther - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 3 hours
Language: Sung in French with English surtitles.
In the ultimate Romantic opera, Massenet’s rich score magnifies the drama and emotion of the story. Werther falls hopelessly in love with Charlotte in lyrical, melodious phrases. As Charlotte chooses duty over heart, Werther’s turmoil is palpable in restless music that bursts out of an enormous orchestra. The French composer’s ability to evoke mood and moment in music is on brilliant display. Young star, Michael Fabiano, is renowned for his intense, character-driven performances. Hear his role debut as the troubled poet, with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova as Charlotte and Carlo Montanaro as conductor.

7:30PM
March: 2, 4, 7, 11

Salome - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 1 hour & 40 min
Language: Sung in German with English surtitles.
Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core: a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour. Lise Lindstrom is riveting as Salome, finding fragility and nuance in a role that demands a powerhouse voice and gifted actress.

7:30PM
March: 6, 9. 15, 18, 21, 26

Madama Butterfly - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland
Duration: 2 hours & 45 min
Language: Sung in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
Graeme Murphy’s arresting new production of Madama Butterfly is a contemporary look at Puccini’s alluring heroine. Puccini’s sublime music imbues this ageless story with impossible beauty, from the irrepressible, famous aria ‘One fine day’ to the intense finale. Two exceptional casts perform throughout the season. Karah Son returns to Sydney, sharing the role of Cio-Cio-San with Hyeseoung Kwon.

7:30PM
June: 28, 29
July: 1,3,4,5,11, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29, 31
August: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10

Anna Bolena - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 3 hours and 10 min
Language: Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Desire burns in the shadows, rage blazes in the light. Anne Boleyn won the king’s desire first, his love second, but only an heir could deliver his loyalty. In a court full of secrets and spies, the Tudor Queen’s time is running out. Donizetti’s opera rips the best bits from a bloody time in history to create a thrilling ride through the last days of Anne Boleyn’s marriage to King Henry VIII. Jealous courtiers and scheming royals have the queen caught fast in a tightening trap. And her lady-in-waiting is waiting indeed, consumed with guilt, to take her place on the throne. With ardent melodies, fiery singing and acrobatic coloratura, every minute of Anna Bolena is a masterclass in bel canto opera. It depends on a stellar soprano to throw herself into the role. Ermonela Jaho is that singer, “a fiery angel” (The Economist) renowned for offering her heart and soul up on stage. “Don’t even try to resist,” warns the Financial Times. This starry cast includes Ho-Yoon Chung as Lord Percy and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the ruthless, passionate king. From the creative team that brought you Aida comes the first of a new trilogy of Donizetti’s Tudor Queen operas. Davide Livermore directs a new production featuring stunning costumes and his signature high-tech sets.

7:30PM
July: 2, 6, 9, 13, 17, 23, 26

Whiteley - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 2 hours, including one interval
Language: Sung in English with English surtitles
He burst onto the international art scene, all golden curls and bravado. He was dynamic, damaged, a big idea and a bold brush. With the vivacious Wendy on his arm, Brett Whiteley was magnetic.
He abhorred straight lines, adored drugs, alcohol, women. He worked in vivid colour and ravishing curves. Heroin was both muse and merciless master. Out of this tumultuous life spilled a messy array of brilliant artworks and astonishing self-reflection. In 2019, this Australian icon meets two of Australia’s greatest artists in a brand new work for the Australian stage: Whiteley, by Elena Kats-Chernin and Justin Fleming. Kats-Chernin is peerless among contemporary composers, celebrated for her enormous output and music that bursts with colour, life and tenderness. Fleming is a respected playwright and librettist whose work is renowned for its warmth, wit and poignancy. Together they’ve created an opera to honour the life and work of a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons. Production designer Dan Potra’s technology-driven set is an immersive world created from Whiteley’s most famous paintings. Experience the works of a modern master on moving, larger-than-life screens.

7:30PM
July: 15, 18, 20, 24, 30


West Side Story
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: TBC
Language: English
The moment the curtain went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story's creators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece. Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, that have been universally adored for generations; proving this iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century. A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The Jets, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets. Director Joey McKneely’s vibrant new staging will feature some of Australia’s most exciting young talent performing Jerome Robbins’ original ground-breaking choreography in two of Australia’s most iconic theatres. The ideal fusion of dance, music, and theatre; experience this internationally celebrated production of West Side Story for a limited season only.

7:30PM
August: 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
October: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Marriage of Figaro - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 3 hours and 25 min , including one interval
Language: Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Mozart’s classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming writing, it’s not hard to understand why. Musically, this is the ultimate ensemble opera, with brilliant trios, quartets and even a fantastic sextet. Dramatically, it’s the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and tricks, lust and laughter. The Countess loves the Count, but he’s got designs on his pretty, witty servant Susanna. But it’s Susanna’s wedding day, and Figaro has no plans of giving up his bride. During one crazy day of disguises, duplicity, desire and utter madness, the Count is going to get his comeuppance. Sir David McVicar’s naturalistic staging opens a “comic cauldron of sex and social politics” (Limelight), where the comedy has a dark, sharp edge. Jenny Tiramani’s extraordinary 17th-century designs clothe the aristocracy in ravishing silks and the servants in cornflower blue. A historical fashion specialist, Tiramani’s costumes are stunning in detail and authentic in design. David Finn’s radiant lighting streams through vaulted windows to light enormous rooms in sunlight and moonbeams as day turns to night. Young soprano Stacey Alleaume continues a thrilling rise with her role debut as Susanna. Andrei Bondarenko reprises his commanding performance as Count Almaviva with Russian soprano Ekaterina Sadovnikova as the Countess. Paolo Bordogna returns with his world-class Figaro, and Guillaume Tourniaire is the maestro.

7:00PM
October: 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 31
November: 1, 2

Il Viaggio a Reims - Opera
Performed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Duration: 3 hours and 20 min , including one interval
Language: Sung in Italian with English surtitles
A Magritte, a van Gogh and a Goya walk into a gallery…If Rossini made a showreel of his best work, it would sound like Il Viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims). The prolific composer was unabashedly showing off when he wrote this incredible work, destined to dazzle the aristocracy at the crowning of Charles X and then disappear forever. The simple plot is a marvellous excuse for a string of fantastic arias and impressive ensemble pieces. Because it’s so demanding and expensive to stage, it’s never been seen in Australia before. But in 2019, Rossini’s exultant opera finally makes its Australian premiere, a spectacular vehicle for some of your favourite performers. In Damiano Michieletto’s playful take, the eccentric cast of characters find themselves in a gallery filled with the master works of art history. Velázquez’s enormous dresses jostle for space with Keith Haring’s cheerful murals. Frida Kahlo and van Gogh compare self-portraits. It’s a surreal world, where artworks step out of the frame and come to life the moment the lights go out. Delightful, surprising, spectacular and frivolous, this co-production with Dutch National Opera and the Royal Danish Theatre is a perfect foil for Rossini’s jubilant score. Gaze at the world’s most famous art through the magnificent (and thoroughly tongue-in-cheek) sets and costumes. Paolo Fantin and Carla Teti have recreated iconic works with remarkable fidelity. Young Australian conductor Daniel Smith makes his long-awaited debut with Opera Australia, bringing his characteristic sparkle in the pit to a huge cast of talents.

7:00PM
October: 24, 26, 28, 30


Reviews

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D
, Mar 2018

Great experience, but expensive. We expected that, though -- eating at a great restaurant and going to the opera is not going to be cheap.

H
, May 2017

Excellent experience. The tour of the opera house was very interesting and informative, and the dinner at Aria was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The opera, Tosca, was beautiful and we could not have expected a better experience all around.

Z
, Mar 2017

Excellent. Really enjoyed it.

S
, Jan 2017

The tour was not as in-depth as I thought it would be. Dinner was great and My Fair Lady was everything you could imagine.

E
, Oct 2016

It was great to have a tour guide who was visibly enthusiastic about the Opera house . Learned a lot of trivia about the place.

The play my fair lady was fantastic

B
, Oct 2016

Fantastic behind the scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House! Tour allows you to go under the stage to see where all the sets are and how the production is completed. Also get to see both theaters and learn about the history of the design, manufacturing and opening of attraction. Highly recommend this event that includes tour, dinner and a show!

T
, Oct 2016

problem with dinner location solved quickly

J
, Oct 2016

It was great to tour the opera house along with dinner and seeing a play. We got to see My Fair Lady with a wonderful cast. Everything was arranged perfectly.

J
, Jul 2016

Nice tour, very informative and helpful guide. Great dinner and excellent performance. Should never miss this.

I
, Jul 2016

Great guides taking us to the inner sanctum of the Opera House. Our guide had worked in all areas of the place including being a performer.
Dinner at the Aria fine dining restaurant was superb followed by a wonderful performance of Carmen. A great night.


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