Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 2—30 January
If you go down to the woods today, you might find a pure-hearted prince and his feathered sidekick en route to rescue a damsel in distress, a queen atop her starry throne; mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. If in danger, just follow the sound of the flute.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—16 January
A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet are having a night on the town. Café Momus is too pricey for them — they've nothing to weigh down those moth-eaten pockets. But why worry? The landlord is sorted, the bar tab can wait. They're young and their lofty ideals will keep body and soul together.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 13 January—17 March
At last they are alone. The man hunt, the interrogation, the prayers, all forgotten as he leers at his conquest. Just sign the note of safe passage and she’s his! Where’s that pen? His upper lip sweats as he readies himself for Tosca’s kiss. He doesn’t see the knife glinting behind her back.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 27 January—18 March
Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 17 February—13 March
When an ageing academic accepts a deal from the underworld, his dreams of youth and love look set to come true. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail.
Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 27 March—26 April
In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 24 June—28 August
As the moon rises, a death cry wails through imperial Peking. Torture and death mean nothing. Freedom from possession means everything. Will the Princess win again?
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—22 July
For a modern audience, La Traviata offers everything we think of when we think of the opera: a consumptive heroine, velvet dresses and heaving bosoms, lavish party scenes and touching intimate moments. The music is rousing, the stage crowded, the story at once romantic and tragic — a perfect escape from our own lives.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 14 July—15 August
While marriage brings peace between France and Spain, it sparks war between father and son. And as secrets are revealed, passion and politics run riot on a grand scale in the 17th-century royal court of Spain.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 6—29 August
Upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, dressups and dressing downs, all in a day's work. The Countess loves the Count, but the Count is keen on Susanna, who's engaged to Figaro, who finds himself in a whirl of longing, comeuppance, and total, utter madness.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 8 September—31 October
All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes!