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Enjoy a night of opera under the stars at Handa Opera's performance of 'Carmen'. The dramatic tale unfolds on an open-air floating stage set on the Sydney Harbour shore, with incredible views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline in the background. Have your choice of seating for this must-see production by Opera Australia, playing for four weeks only in March and April 2017.


  • Opera performance of Carmen on Sydney Harbour
  • Enjoy the magnificent backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
  • Be dazzled by the floating stage on Sydney Harbour
  • Carmen is the biggest opera ever performed on the opera stage
  • Your choice of seating under the stars

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What You Can Expect

Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen

Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen

Make your own way to Handa Opera's stunning waterside venue at Mrs Macquarie's Point, within Sydney's picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens.

Be ready for a breathtaking performance of Bizet's classic opera 'Carmen' – which is set in Spain and acted out on a floating stage with world-class opera singers and the superb Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra providing the music. Admire elaborate set designs that have become a drawcard for this site, even in daylight. Then settle in for an enchanting tale of the sultry Carmen, as powerful voices sing famous Spanish tunes, filling the night air with Spanish rhythms and fiery passion. Soldiers patrol, factory girls seduce shamelessly, glittering bullfighters parade and dancers pirouette their way across the stage as the captivating Carmen walks fearlessly towards a fate written in the cards. Subtitles in English are provided during the show.

You can arrive as early as 5pm to enter the open-air complex. Water taxis provide a stylish ride to the venue, and other public transportation and shuttle buses run regularly (transport at own expense). Food and drinks are available for purchase at the on-site bar and sit-down restaurant, with tables that showcase stunning views of the sunset, and the illuminated Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Have your choice of four seating sections when booking. Dress for the evening's weather conditions and the outdoor venue. The performance runs for a total of approximately 2.5 hours with intermission. Handa Opera promises a memorable evening out in Sydney.

Customer Reviews

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Beautifully done and loved the fireworks too.

Darlene C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the highlight of my trip! The seats in the 2nd row from the stage boasted magnificent views and audio of the Opera, as well as, the harbor with the Opera House as a picturesque background ( the Opera on the Harbor season was in full swing). Opera Turandot was simply superb in its entirety.

Carole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We saw Turandot and it was spectacular. The location was beyond spectacular and the performers were wonderful


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Incredible experience, fire breathing dragons, fireworks, Syndey Opera House on the skyline - what more could you want?

Priyanka G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you are in Sydney with the Opera is playing, please don't miss this! The performance was a stunning mix of a moving story , stunning backdrop the Sydney Harbor , great colors and performance and a beautiful evening!!

Betty H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

it was and unforgettable unique experience. The music, the venue were first rate.

Jon C Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Wonderful location. The set was impressive. We really enjoyed the outdoor dining prior to the show. The cast was very talented.

Lynnette P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was wonderful. Loved the amazing set, the Sydney Harbour background, and of course the immensely talented cast. Not even a rain shower could dampen everyone's enthusiasm, instead there was much hilarity involved with all the audience donning the free plastic capes. Of course, the cast didn't miss a beat through it all. Highly recommend this event.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was the highlight of my day in Sydney--magnificent--thanks for suggesting it--a once in a lifetime treat


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

one would assume that going to the opera in Sydney Aus. would naturally mean going to the Sydney Opera House; not so, but the best thing is seeing a great opera on the water with a view of both the opera house and the bridge...spectacular experience!

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