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Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 31 December

The last night of 2013 is the first night of La bohème. If ever there was a night to dress up, this is it.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 31 December

Ringside seats to the greatest show on earth are hard to come by, but we’ve saved some great ones, and you’re invited.

Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 4—21 January

Gale Edwards’ lavish production inhabits 1930s Berlin, a hub for young impoverished creatives contending with the high cost of round-the-clock hedonism in a city seething with glitzy excess.

Various

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 5 January—23 March

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

Mozart

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 10 January—26 March

Welcome to Mozart’s imagination run wild, in a playground on the path to enlightenment, brought to life with spellbinding costumes and effects... An adventure for the whole family, with special ticket prices for children and youth under 16. 

Studio 2, The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, 19—19 January

Enhance the experience of seeing The Magic Flute with our inspiring puppetry workshop, led by puppetry makers from internationally renowned performance company, ERTH. Available to anyone who has purchased a children’s priced ticket to The Magic Flute.

Rossini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 22 January—12 February

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 1—13 May

Take two pairs of lovers, mix them up and introduce a clash of cultures for added colour. Rossini's The Turk in Italy is “just about as much fun as you can have in an opera house”.
 

Various

The Domain - Sydney, 1 February

Every year we head to the park in our thousands to hear our brightest stars, under the stars and anyone who claims opera is an elitist art form should look at the size of the crowd at this cultural, communal celebration.

Bizet

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3 February—29 March

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 14—25 May

The ultimate femme fatale is back to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.

Tchaikovsky

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 February—28 March

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 16 April—9 May

Tchaikovsky's romance - a journey from what could be, to what might have been - in a new co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 

Puccini

, 19 March—6 April

What is opera to you? The rush of adrenalin as a soprano or tenor’s voice soars, the hum of the chorus, the larger-than-life costumes and scenery, the moving stories, or just the whole sense of occasion? Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is all this, and more.

Verdi

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 June—24 August

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12 April—10 May

Verdi’s dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in this glamorous new production. Tell your jokes, lock up your daughter and trust nobody.

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Lyric Theatre, QPAC, 13 April—1 June

This now legendary production of The King and I won the triple crown of awards, the Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival. It was also awarded numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards including Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.  

Mozart

Coolangatta Beach, 9—11 May

Sometimes it feels like a crime to go indoors when the skies are clear, even for a night at the opera. That’s why we’re taking the opera out of the theatre and onto the beach.

Verdi

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 5 July—2 August

Otello is the hero and Desdemona is the lover, but Iago is the puppetmaster in this vivid re-telling of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Three outstanding singers go head-to-head for this bold production, created by Harry Kupfer.

Mozart

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 25 July—30 August

Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 10—17 August

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 14 August

Jonas Kaufmann: the most thrilling voice on the planet. Join us for his longed-for Australian debut, accompanied by full orchestra and treating us to arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and more. A once in a lifetime experience.