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3 May 2021: $45 mobile Rush tix on offer for Opera Australia’s first fully digital spectacular, Aida
$45 mobile Rush tickets will be offered, exclusively via TodayTix, for the acclaimed production of Aida, by celebrated Italian director and choreographer Davide Livermore.

14 April 2021: Opera Australia’s first fully digital spectacular, Aida set for Melbourne premiere
The first of Opera Australia’s critically acclaimed digital productions, Aida, by celebrated Italian director and choreographer Davide Livermore, will finally have its Melbourne premiere next month.

14 April 2021: Grand opera graces the State Theatre stage with the Melbourne premiere of Verdi’s Ernani
Opera Australia will present the Melbourne premiere of its epic co-production, with Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala, of Verdi’s rarely performed opera, Ernani, at the Arts Centre Melbourne this May.

1 April 2021: $20 tickets for high school students to see Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Opera Australia has partnered with The Bourne Foundation to offer year 11 and 12 students $20 tickets to see Verdi’s La Traviata, during its current season at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

31 March 2021: Opera Australia’s winter season to include a stunning new production and a trio of Verdi blockbusters
Opera Australia will take another positive step forward in its COVID recovery when it presents three Verdi productions and the premiere of a stunning new production

19 March 2021: Opera Australia announces new Orchestral Fellowship
Opera Australia is proud to announce the inaugural Patricia H. Reid Orchestral Fellowships to champion the professional development of early career string musicians.

19 March 2021: Opera Australia announces new Orchestral Fellowship
Opera Australia is proud to announce the inaugural Patricia H. Reid Orchestral Fellowships to champion the professional development of early career string musicians.

18 March 2021: The Phantom of the Opera is coming to the Sydney Opera House
Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group, will present Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, finally making its highly anticipated premiere at the Sydney Opera House.

11 March 2021: NSW Schools sing out as Opera Australia tour returns to over 35,000 children in 2021
Opera Australia is thrilled to announce it is returning to schools across NSW in 2021, with the relaunch of its NSW Schools Tour that will present The Barber of Seville to over 100 primary schools from 15 March to 10 September

8 March 2021: European dining experience announced for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - La Traviata
A feast for the eyes, ears and stomach. A European inspired menu that celebrates the best of local Sydney cuisines has been announced for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Traviata.

4 March 2021: Opera Australia to reopen the State Theatre with the Melbourne premiere of its digital production of Aida
Opera Australia today announced it will return to the State Theatre in May 2021, with two major productions, when Arts Centre Melbourne returns live performance to its stages after a year of closure.

22 February 2021: 2021 cast announced for Brisbane Ring Cycle
After announcing the postponement of last year’s Ring Cycle due to the pandemic, Opera Australia today unveiled its new cast for the rescheduled 2021 season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, featuring some of the world’s most renowned singers.

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.

11 January 2021: Verdi's rarely performed Ernani to premiere at the Sydney Opera House
Opera Australia will present the Australian premiere of Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of Verdi’s rarely performed opera, Ernani, playing at the Sydney Opera House for the first time this February.

10 December 2020: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour to make welcome return in 2021
Opera Australia today confirmed its spectacular outdoor event, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will return in March 2021 with Verdi’s hugely popular La Traviata, after being shut-down earlier this year due to COVID-19, just two weeks out from opening night.

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.