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21 January 2021: Leading the industry in COVID-safe performing practices
In an effort to provide a COVID-safe work environment and significantly reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, Opera Australia is the first performing arts company in Australia to introduce rapid antigen testing, as a key element of their program to keep performers and staff safe.

12 January 2021: The greatest arias return to the Sydney Opera House 
The world’s most famous arias are ringing out from the Joan Sutherland Theatre again as Opera Australia’s enormously popular Great Opera Hits concert series returns to Australia’s true home of opera.

9 December 2020: Opera Australia kicks off 2021 in style with The Merry Widow
More than nine months since its last performance, Opera Australia is thrilled to be back at the Sydney Opera House, opening on January 5 with Lehár’s uplifting The Merry Widow.

13 November 2020: Opera Gala at Uluru returns in 2021
Opera Australia will be returning to Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia, in September 2021 with four magnificent performances planned across one weekend with the spectacular Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Uluru as the backdrop.

5 November 2020: Opera Australia announces a return to the Sydney Opera House
Returning to the Sydney Opera House stage for the the first time since the coronavirus shutdown, Opera Australia announces a three-month COVID-safe season.

29 October 2020: Costume and Prop clearance sale     
During the coronavirus shutdown we have been busy taking stock, offering a clearance sale of over 5000 retired costumes and props looking for a new home.

13 August 2020: New dates announced for Brisbane Ring Cycle
New performances for the Ring Cycle have been locked in for October – November 2021.

30 July 2020: World's first digital Ring Cycle postponed to 2021
The eagerly awaited premiere of the world’s first fully digital Ring Cycle has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

29 May 2020: Opera Australia releases 2019 annual report
In a sobering reminder of what pre-COVID life was like, we today released our 2019 annual report, ending that year with an operating surplus of $198,534 on a total revenue of $130,653,756.

11 May 2020: Ongoing coronavirus restrictions lead to nationwide cancellations
We have announced a further round of cancellations due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions that will bring the total number of performances either cancelled or postponed in 2020 to more than 570 across the country.

4 May 2020: Free streaming platform OA | TV launched
Unable to perform live while the country is in COVID-19 lock-down, we have created another way to share performances with opera fans,launching a free online streaming service.