Life drawing art classes at the Sydney Opera House

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Forget hundreds-year old operatic productions on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage in the Sydney Opera House: this month it’s all about art. A one-time-only event on 12 March, the most beautiful set in Australian musical production, the first act scenery for John Bell’s acclaimed production of Tosca, will open to the public for the first time […]

Hear the greatest opera arias in 90 mins at Sydney Opera House

Merry Widow Opera

Described as the ‘best of opera without the boring bits’, Opera Australia is putting on a 90-minute show that’s jam-packed with tunes that most people will be familiar with and not realise! The opera masterpieces are famous around the world, not just the soundtrack from a commercial and come from a completely different time by […]

Opera Australia’s got a new, large season for 2020

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Opera Australia is making good use of those floating 3D digital screens of theirs for the latest season of operatic magic at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in 2020 – it’s going to be large! They’ll pump out a range of opera’s greatest hits along with some rare gems that will […]

Hear Opera Australia’s orchestra director perform at the Sydney Opera Centre

Jun Yi Ma

If there was ever anyone to play a violin in precisely the way a violin is meant to be played, it’s Jun Yi Ma, Opera Australia’s orchestra director. In the production that is Under an Azure Sky in the Joan Sutherland Studio, Jun Yi Ma will recite the piece on 26 August from 7pm. The […]

A chat with Yonghoon Lee, Calaf in Turandot by Opera Australia

Turandot Yonghoon Lee

New to opera, old to opera; it doesn’t matter. If there’s one voice you hear this season by Opera Australia, it’s Yonghoon Lee as Calaf in the company’s production of Turandot, on until 30 March. If there was ever a tenor to belt out the aria made most famous by the late Luciano Pavarotti, Nessun Dorma, […]

Paolo Bordogna in The Turk in Italy by Opera Australia will make you actually laugh

Paolo Bordogna in The Turk in Italy

So, if there’s one thing you notice about operas that some of the world’s best opera companies like Opera Australia produce, is that a lot of them are really sad. Like, really sad. Everyone dies, there’s lots of heartache and you leave wanting more, but feeling sad about it. In an insatiably excellent way. It’s one […]

What to know about the opening night of Rigoletto by Opera Australia this July

Verdi’s Rigoletto hasn’t been performed in Australia for a couple of years now, but since then, you’d be hard done by to find anyone who’s not been counting down until they’re able to hear some of the world’s most famous arias belted out in front of a packed Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera […]

What to know about Lucia Di Lamermoor this season by Opera Australia

Lucia Di Lamermoor Opera

Opera Australia’s Sydney winter season has kicked-off and first cab off the rank is the renowned Lucia Di Lamermoor by Donizetti back in the 19th Century. Here’s what to know about this season’s production by Opera Australia and director, John Doyle. What is the story about? A tale of love, not well-received, resulting in the gradual […]

Opera Australia puts on spectacular new production of Aida as its winter season highlight

Opera Australia Aida

Opera Australia is putting on Aida this year as their headliner for the 2018 winter season.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is back with La Bohème and a special surprise

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What happens when you couple the world’s most famed opera house with the world’s most striking opera singers on the world’s most innovative floating stage and production? The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, of course, which in 2018 has everyone’s favourite La Boheme on offer. The production – running from 23 March-22 April – is […]

Don Quichotte by Opera Australia is a stunning tale of a man out of time

Don Quichotte Opera

In the world of literature from the Spanish canon, there is really only one work you need to have read: Don Quixote, or if you’re into it, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. It’s basically the tale of a Spaniard whose faux regality and fixation on tales of chivalry and restoring justice in the world […]

Find out what really goes on behind the curtains at the opera this March

La Traviata 2018 Opera Australia room

Just what exactly does go on behind the curtain on stage of one of the world’s largest and most successful opera companies, Opera Australia? It’s a mystery… Until now. For only the second time in the company’s 62-year history, Opera Australia is leaving the curtain open during the genuinely incredible four-minute scene change between scenes 1 and […]