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Experience an evening of sublime music that features a performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Go in-depth with an orchestra and dinner package that starts with a guided tour of one of the world’s most iconic performing arts venues: the Sydney Opera House. Walk next door for a delicious three-course meal at Aria Restaurant, head inside the Sydney Opera House to Bennelong Restaurant or enjoy a 3-tiered tasting plate for two at Opera Kitchen, with views overlooking Sydney Harbour. Top off your evening with a premium seat to hear the music of the Sydney Symphony fill the opera house.

Highlights

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance at the Sydney Opera House
  • Guided Tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Three-course dinner at the award wining exclusive Aria Restaurant, Bennelong Restaurant or a 3-tiered tasting plate for two at Opera Kitchen
  • Premium, A and B Reserve seating available

What You Can Expect

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Dinner Package

Admire the Sydney Opera House from Aria Restaurant

After making your own way to the Sydney Opera House, your symphony evening begins with a fascinating one-hour tour of the celebrated performing arts center.

Follow your expert guide on a walking tour of approximately one hour. Your guide shares fascinating details about the architecture, artists and history of the opera house and gives you access to parts of the building that are normally off-limits. In a venue that hosts more than 1,500 live performances per year, there are sure to be stories around every corner.

After your tour, walk just a few minutes to enjoy a three course pre-theater dinner at the newly renovated Aria Restaurant or step inside the Sydney Opera House and enjoy a 3-course dinner at Bennelong Restaurant (depending on which option you choose). If you've chosen the 3-tiered tasting plate to share, sit back and take in the unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour at Opera Kitchen. A performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will complete your Red Carpet experience.

At the end of your meal, simply stroll back to the Opera House to watch the Sydney Symphony take the stage. Your dinner and symphony package includes a ticket for the show. The Sydney Symphony is known to select pieces that range from well-loved orchestra classics to innovative contemporary works. This exquisite night with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House promises to be one of the highlights of a trip to Australia (details under Itinerary below).

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

Refer to the 'View Additional Info' link below for the Sydney Opera House map.

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Itinerary

After meeting at the designated point you will be taken on a Sydney Opera House Guided Tour. Afterwards, you will be taken to Aria Restaurant, Bennelong Restaurant or Opera Kitchen (depending on the option you choose) for a pre-show dinner. Following dinner, make your way to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for the Sydney Symphony performance.

2016 Performance Schedule:

Pink Martini with the SSO (Classics and Mixed Genre)
Electric and exotic songs in jazz – classical style.
Performance dates: September 2016: 16, 17

Nelson Freire plays Shumann: Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony
Performance Pieces:
  • Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2
Performance dates: September 2016: 21, 24

Back to the Future: Film with Live Orchestra (Classics and Film)
A screening of Back to the Future with Alan Silvestri’s score played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Performance dates: October 2016: 7, 8 (both performances at 7pm)

Beethoven Heroic (Classics)
Performance Pieces:
  • Piano Concerto
  • No.4, Symphony No. 3
  • Eroica
Performance dates: October 2016: 12, 14, 15, 17 (7pm)

Beethoven Pastoral (Classics)
Performance Pieces:
  • Piano Concerto No.3
  • Symphony No.6
  • Pastoral
Performance date: 21st October 2016

Beethoven Finale (Classics)
Performance Pieces:
  • Symphony No.2
  • Symphony No.9 (choral)

Performance dates: October 2016: 26, 28, 29

Zukerman plays Tchaikovsky and Mozart (Classics)

Performance Pieces:

  • Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher: Melodie Serenade melancoulique
  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K216 (Strassburger)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4

Performance dates: November 2016: 10, 11, 12

Dedications: Dvorak's Cello Concerto (Classics and Mixed Genre)
Performance Pieces:
  • Lutoslawski: Sacher Variation for solo cello
  • Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3
  • Dvořák: Cello Concert in B Minor
Porgy and Bess: Gershwin's Opera in the Concert Hall (Gala + Special)
Performance Piece:
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Performance dates:
November 2016: 11 (7pm performance)
December 2016: 1, 2, 3, (7pm performances)

ARIA Pre-theatre Sample Dinner Menu:
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.

Entree:
  • 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
Main:
  • 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
Dessert:
  • 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
Please note that menus are seasonal and subject to change

Customer Reviews

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was completely knowledgable and the back stage and inside your was absolutely wonderful. It was with a small group and felt private and personal.
Afterward the Aria Restaraunt was a fabulous way to begin a charming night of enjoying the arts as the symphony that followed was perfect!

PABLO M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The concert was great, as well as the tour and dinner.

Kenneth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was fantastic and a must see for any visitors to Brisbane, The tour guide Bob was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any question we asked him! A great action packed day!!

Will B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Tour of the opera house (symphony hall, etc.) was excellent, dinner was fine, and symphony concert outstanding. Would like a lower price.

Gail L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We had a wonderful time very professional. Great meal. Tour very informative. Thank you will recommend

gregoey d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

dinner was beautiful. but the sydney symphony orchestra was absolutely mind blowing.
we were just captivated, couldn't recommend the experience highly enough :)

geoffrey b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

very good amacing also nice viewing of the touring around the opra house plus enjoyed them playing there instrements plus i liked them talking about it.

Mark M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2009

Wonderful experience. Good tour of the opera house, great food and service at Aria, the performance by the orchestra was memorable.

Christie F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

Terrific and everything went perfectly!

Patricia W

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was extremely informative and interesting. We chose the dinner package , the Aria Restaurant is wonderful and the food delicious. The concert was brilliant. Highly recommend this tour package .

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