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Be sure to put a performance by Opera Australia at the iconic Sydney Opera House on your Sydney itinerary. The upcoming season features classic operas by Mozart and Puccini, as well as an iconic Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Take in stunning views of Sydney Harbour while enjoying drinks or a meal (own expense) at one of the Opera House's fine dining venues before or after the performance to top off this unforgettable experience.
  • See a world-class opera performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House
  • Select from classic operas like Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot and more
  • Choose from four seating options to suit your budget
  • Both matinee and evening performances are available
Once you have selected your choice of performance at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, simply make your own way to the legendary performing arts venue for a quintessential Sydney experience.

Emerging stars join longtime favorites for Opera Australia's seasonal opera performances, which take place in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly the Opera Theatre), the second largest concert hall in the Sydney Opera House at 1,507 seats. Operas are performed in their original languages (mostly Italian), with subtitles in English projected on a screen above the stage.

Bars inside the Sydney Opera House open one hour prior to performance time — arrive early to enjoy a pre-theater drink (own expense) and admire sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge.

See the Itinerary section below for details about the 2019 season.


2018 Performances dates at the Sydney Opera House:

Great Opera Hits
These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney Harbour, and last around 90 minutes. Listen to famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi performed by some of Opera Australia’s finest opera singers, accompanied by piano.

December 2018: 23, 24, 26, 30

December 2018: 23, 26, 29, 30


December 2018: 27

2019 Performances dates at the Sydney Opera House:

Great Opera Hits
These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney Harbour, and last around 90 minutes. Listen to famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi performed by some of Opera Australia’s finest opera singers, accompanied by piano.

January 2019: 1, 20, 27
February 2019: 3, 17, 
March 2019: 3, 10, 17
July 2019: 14, 21, 28
August 2019: 25, 
October 2019: 20, 27

January 2019: 
February 2019: 14
March 2019: 14, 29
July 2019:
August 2019: 9, 26
September 2019: , 9, 16, 23, 30
La Boheme 

The original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin. Two sets of lovers are trying to find their way. By the time this emotional opera finishes, you’ll know the answer to an eternal question: is love enough?

See it if you like glamorous sets and costumes, tearjerkers, famous melodies.

March 2019: 16

January 2019: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 31
February 2019: 2, 5, 8
March 2019: 20, 22, 25, 28

A prince pursues an ice-cold princess in a stunning opera full of riddles and intrigue. Features exciting choreography and the most famous opera song of all time—Nessun dorma. (It’s the one with ‘Nessun dorma’.) See it if you like ballet, famous tunes, exotic fairytales.

February 2019: 9, 
March 2019: 30 

January 2019: 15,18, 24, 29
February 2019: 1, 4, 7,13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 
March 2019: 1, 5, 8, 12, 16, 19, 23, 27, 

Visual artist William Kentridge transforms a 20th-century operatic masterpiece into a must-see meeting of art, opera and theatre.See it if you like contemporary art, groundbreaking opera, theatrical storytelling.

February 2019: 2,

January 2019: 25, 30
February 2019: 6, 9, 12, 15

The ultimate Romantic opera about unrequited love. Pure passion and brilliant voices.See it if you like intense romance, gorgeous music, gothic stories.

March 2019: 9


February 2019: 22, 26, 28, 
March 2019: 2, 4, 7, 11, 

Lust, violence and religious fervor all have their moments in this short, exciting opera about the worst of human nature.See it if you like gory historical dramas like Game of Thrones, spectacular dance and intense performances

March 2019: 23

March 2019: 6, 9, 15, 18, 21, 26

Madama Butterfly
The world’s most famous love story is a heartbreakingly beautiful romantic tragedy about a Japanese Geisha who marries a US sailor, only to be abandoned by him. A bold new production featuring digital LED sets.See it if you like a good tearjerker, Miss Saigon, stunning sets and costumes

July 2019: 6, 13

June 2019: 28, 29, 
July 2019: 1, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29, 31, 
August 2019: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10

Anna Bolena 
King Henry VIII tries to rid himself of Anne Boleyn in this historical drama with some of Donizetti’s best music.See it if you like bodice-rippers like The Tudors, historical dramas, beautiful melodies.

July 2019:  20

July 2019: 2, 6 ,9, 13, 17, 23, 26

The talents and troubles of iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley inspire a brand new Australian opera from the incomparable. See it if you like brand new work, Brett Whiteley’s paintings, Australian stories.

July 2019: 27, 

July 2019: 15, 18, 20, 24, 30

The Marriage of Figaro 
Exquisite period sets and costumes feature in this Downton Abbey-style comedy where servants get the better of their masters. Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty words and charming music, it's not hard to understand why.See it if you like upstairs/downstairs stories, intricate period costumes and sets.

October 2019: 16

October 2019: 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 31,
November 2019: 1,2 

Il viaggio a Reims
A good excuse for a huge cast of fabulous singers to knock your socks off. This playful production features the world’s most famous artworks come to life.See it if you like art history, elaborate jokes, impressive singing

November 2019: 2

October 2019: 24, 28, 30

October 2019: 26

West Side Story
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story  is unquestioned. 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.

August 2019: 17, 18, 21, , 24, 28, 31
September 2019: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2019: 2, 5, 6 

August 2019: 25, 
September 2019: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

August 2019: 18

August 2019: 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September 2019: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
October 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Aug 2018

The last night for our stay in Sydney. Got to see the last performance of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews. Great seats, right in the middle!

, Mar 2018

When in Sydney...

, Mar 2018

Excellent! Impressive!

, Mar 2018

I had booked to see Carmen at the Sydney Opera house together with friends. I paid a fortune for the tickets but as it was the other side of the world thought it would be worth it. On collection of the tickets I was initially told they had no booking but then they found them, only it wasn't for Carmen but The Nose. All my emails from Viator just said 4 adults for Sydney Opera. I had to call to check that the seats were together as that wasn't stated. I booked to see Carmen but instead got to see the biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen OK some of the dancing was good but there was just to virtuosity in the singing. ULTRA disappointed and feel robbed. I would have walked out if I'd been on my own.

, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Feb 2018

Oh the Sydney Opera House is beautiful. Fabulous seats and the very best Carmen we ever saw. After the show, a fireworks show and the Harbour Bridge was RED. A special evening.

, Feb 2018

Fantastic evening and wonderful performance, picked our tickets up earlier as we were walking past, and they were available already

, Feb 2018

My bucket list dream has been achieved!

, Feb 2018

Enjoyed the opera very much. Getting the tickets in exchange for the voucher went smoothly except that there was only one box office agent working when the large group of 50 or so of our cruise mates all arrived together and so we had quite a wait until other box office staff arrived - then it went very quickly. Seats were in the premium quality range that we had requested and well located in the theatre.

, Jan 2018

Well worth every penny to experience. Go early, have a drink, enjoy the ambiance, watch an amazing production.

, Jan 2018

Very nice performance by the Sydney opera crew signing several well know arias. Very nice voices and program.

, Jan 2018

We attended the opera performance on 1st January 2018 indeed a great way to start off the new year after witnessing the NYE fireworks on a cruise.My first opera and i wasnt disappointed though it was fun to see people dressed up in shorts .The opera performances were very light and funny

, Jan 2018

Show was very entertaining...

, Jan 2018

Should be on the bucket list to get the best view of the harbour. Not a fan of Opera

, Nov 2017

Good performance but disappointed that this was in a playhouse which is a small stage. I was under the impression that it was in the main Opera house. So we ended up NOT seeing the inside of the actual opera house!

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