Sydney, Australia
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Offered in: English

Overview

When in Sydney, don’t miss the chance to watch the Australian Ballet Company light up the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Your Sydney ballet and dinner experience begins with a guided tour of the World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House, and depending on your choice, is followed by an exquisite three-course meal at either Bennelong Restaurant inside the Sydney Opera House or Portside Sydney. After dinner, watch the ballet of your choice under the sails of the iconic opera house, selecting from options such as Verve, Giselle and Sylvia.
  • See the Australian Ballet perform at the Sydney Opera House
  • VIP Guided Tour of the of the Sydney Opera House
  • Two Course Dinner either Entrée and Main or Main and Dessert, including 2 beverages at Bennelong Restaurant or Portside Sydney
  • 2019 Performances include Verve, Giselle and Sylvia
Make your own way to the Sydney Opera House and start your evening with a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the venerable performing arts center.

Your knowledgeable guide shares tales about the history, architecture and performances of the opera house during a walking tour that lasts approximately one hour. Gain access to off-limits parts of the building and get an insider’s perspective on a celebrated venue that hosts more than 1,500 live performances per year.

After a captivating tour, delight your tastbuds with a two-course dinner at either Bennelong Restaurant located inside the Sydney Opera House or Portside Sydney located under the sails ouside the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and the Opera House as you dine.

When you have finished your meal, return to the opera house to take your seats for your Australian Ballet Company performance. Have your choice of A-reserve, B-reserve tickets for one of the company’s full-length classic ballets or contemporary works. 

Please note: The Sydney Opera House and Australian Ballet Dinner Package often sells out weeks in advance. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Click on the "View Additional Info" link below for the Sydney Opera House map.

Itinerary

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.

The evening begins with the a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, then afterwards, you will be taken to Bennelong Restaurant or Portside Sydney for a pre theatre dinner and then the Ballet, as per your choice from the options below.

2019 Performances at the Sydney Opera House:

Verve

Duration: TBC

A voyage through contemporary Australian dance

Alice Topp’s Aurum moved critics and audiences to superlatives, tributes and tears when it premiered in 2018. Inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi – repairing cracked pottery with precious metals – the work explores damage, healing and the beauty of our flaws. The dancers’ powerful movement and profound emotion are framed in a breathtaking staging by Jon Buswell, featuring a reflective golden floor and ripples of burnished light. This acclaimed work will have its New York premiere at the Joyce Theater in May.

Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants mirrors the elegant classicism of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with velvet-soft, delicate dance. Gliding airborne, captured in warm light and vast picture frames, his dancers conjure the mesmerising beauty of Renaissance paintings.

Verve ends with a bang: Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow, the hit of our 2015 contemporary program. The stripped-back clarity of its set, designed by Sydney architect Kelvin Ho, contrasts with the ferocious complexity and speed of the choreography and the drama of the specially commissioned electronic score by German duo 48nord. Adrenaline tingles all the way to the explosive finale.

April 2019: 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

Giselle 

Duration: 1 hour & 20 min approx

High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Giselle …”

Oscar Wilde’s lyrical story of a statue who gives his all to help humanity is full of poetic beauty, heartbreak, sly humour and sharp social commentary. In 2019, Graeme Murphy, who created The Australian Ballet’s acclaimed modern versions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, turns his flair for transformative storytelling to Wilde’s moving tale. The possibilities for dance in Wilde’s characters – the golden Prince, his loyal friend the Swallow, the seductive Reed, the pitiful Match Girl – will be fabulously realised in Murphy’s distinctive choreographic style.

This all-Australian world premiere will feature a specially commissioned score from the renowned composer Christopher Gordon, who composed the scores for the films Mao’s Last Dancer and Master and Commander, alongside the work of award-winning artist and director Kim Carpenter, who adapted the story and created the colourful design,for the ballet. Playful and poignant, The Giselle will capture children’s imagination with its vivid spectacle and adults’ attention with its timely message: a kind heart shines
brighter than gold.

May 2019: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Sylvia

Duration: TBC

Meet Sylvia: she’s a legend.

The story of Sylvia – an arrow-wielding nymph who scorns love, falls in love, outwits her abductor and wins through to happiness – first became a ballet in Paris over 150 years ago. The delightful Delibes score, which drew a rave review from Tchaikovsky, has since attracted some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Ivanov, Ashton, Balanchine and Neumeier. In 2019, Stanton Welch’s new production of Sylvia will have its Australian premiere. Welch, who recently staged his versions of La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet on The Australian Ballet’s stage, is a resident choreographer of the company, the artistic director of Houston Ballet and one of the art form’s great storytellers. His full-length Sylvia revolves around three intertwining love stories and features a striking new design by Jérôme Kaplan (sets and costumes) and Wendell K. Harrington (projections), the creative dream team behind The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella. Welch’s Sylvia (which requires the lead ballerinas to learn sword-fighting) promises three strong superheroines, all the passion and humour of Greek myth, virtuoso dancing and one of ballet’s most charming scores.

November 2019: 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

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L
, Apr 2017

Loved this experience. The tour exceeded expectations with insight to the history and engineering of this iconic structure. Also you get to be backstage and inside all the theaters while they are empty and see the inner workings of the theaters. Booking this package allows you to experience all three parts - the tour, dinner, and the show - with just one reservation, so it is a lot less stress and work on your end. The tour guide ensures you get to the restaurant just in time and the dinner is over with plenty of time to get to the show. It is all so convenient. We ate at Bennelong and the food was superb. The one thing I caution on is that everything I read prior stated the dress for the Opera House and the restaurant was smart casual - we wanted to dress up in skirt/dress pants and were glad we did. Everyone near us in the restaurant and the theater was very dressed up aside from one couple I saw in casual wear. We chose the most expensive seats in the package so folks in the balcony may have been more casual, but if you want to blend in I would suggest dressing up.

S
, Mar 2017

I really enjoyed the tour of the Sydney Opera House and getting to see a performance there. Our guide was very knowledgable about the architecture as well as the performances. While the ballet itself wasn't particularly notable, I greatly enjoyed the experience of seeing it in the opera house. The dinner was also a nice addition to the evening, although the food itself wasn't all that memorable. Overall, I would highly recommend this experience.

B
, Jan 2017

A great package which included the tour, meal and ticket to the ballet. No hiccups in the entire event which was professionally organised
and lived up to our expectations - well done to all involved.

B
, Jan 2017

This tour is definitely worth it. I had never seen a ballet before, so I figured the Sydney Opera House was the best place to do it. Don't really think its my thing, but the ballet was still awesome. The dinner at Aria was phenomenal, and our tour guide of the Opera House was very knowledgeable about the history of the building. Highly recommend doing this tour if you are in Sydney.

L
, Dec 2016

I enjoyed the evening tremendously. The tour was great and informative, the dinner was great and performance very beautiful. I would have liked to be able to choose my seats in the theater. Instead, we found out the seatings just before the performance. But overall great evening and worth every penny!

J
, Nov 2016

This was a great experience with top class meal in Aria followed by our first ballet experience

k
, May 2016

AMAZING!!! Seen Swan Lake and it was breath taking. The restaurant was so elegant and the food was so delicious. Every one should do this. The only problem was the tour of the Opera House was not that good, I thought we were going back stage and we never did get there and the tour guy seemed kind of confused at times.

P
, Feb 2016

We loved it. Our guide, who later sold us the program, was so knowledgeable and charming. We liked it that the admin staff knew our names on arrival. Ten out of ten, everyone. The Aria meal was superb and the ballet remains with me still. We would definitely book things with you again. Thank you so much for making our time in Sydney so special,
Philippa from Cornwall, U.K.

S
, Dec 2015

Dinner could not have been better. The guide was courteous and what he knew was interesting, but I had thought we would see the backstage. Unfortunately I didn't know about the breakfast tour which the guide indicated was the tour that would have shown the mechanics of the building. The performance was incredible.

D
, Dec 2015

Every thing was above expectations.
Restaurant was great and theBallet was super.
Highly recommendes.


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