Plan Your Visit
Information about the venues
For venue location, parking, pre and post performance dining and drinks and seating maps, please use the below links to our venue partners.
New South Wales
What to see
Which opera to choose? Which ones will I enjoy? Whether you are coming to the opera for the first time or you've been subscribing for years it's always a tough decision. Please help yourself to the many resources in this website which tell you more about the productions this year. There are photos, trailers, plot summaries, biographies of the performers, media releases and much more.
You can see on the page about each opera on this website how long the performance will be, and how many intervals. The performance you attend will probably have one or two twenty-minute intervals, so you can stretch your legs and get a drink. Avoid queues by pre-ordering your interval drinks before the performance starts.
The storyline and background information
Audience members receive a synopsis and cast list for the performance. For more detailed information about the production, you may like to purchase our beautiful souvenir program, available for sale in the foyer.
A couple of days before your booking, you will receive an email ‘guide’ containing insightful information about the production, as well as useful tips to make your Opera Australia experience as enjoyable and smooth as possible. To ensure you receive this, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book.
Is the opera translated into English?
The majority of operas are sung in their original language, so the performance you see might be sung in Italian, German, French, Russian or another language. However, the words are translated into English on a screen above the stage. Make sure you ask for a seat with a surtitle view if you'd like to read along.
Is there a dress code?
There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to frock-up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory.
For our outdoor events, like Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and Mazda Opera in the Bowl, it's important to dress for all weather conditions.
Patrons might need their glasses to see the surtitles. You are welcome to bring your binoculars.
There is usually a lock out at the beginning of the performance. Latecomers will be let into the theatre at the first suitable break. Warning bells are sounded pre-performance and interval. Audience members who leave the auditorium during a performance will not be readmitted until interval or at an appropriate break, if one has been designated. There are areas in the foyers of the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Mebourne where latecomers may watch the performance on color screens until an appropriate time of entry.
Opera audiences are famous for their passionate involvement in the performance. Don’t be alarmed if the people around you start stomping their feet at the end of the performance, this is an opera tradition to show your enjoyment and appreciation, feel free to join in if you like. All applause will be gratefully received, although it is polite to wait until the singing and music has stopped.
Read about accessible performances and general access information here, or visit our venue websites for venue-specific information:
- Sydney Opera House
- Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Madama Butterfly
- Arts Centre Melbourne
- Sidney Myer Music Bowl
- Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast for Opera on the Beach
- Lyric Theatre, QPAC
- Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre