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22 December 2021: Opera Australia’s Kaufmann coup
Opera Australia today announced it had secured the world’s most in demand tenor, Jonas Kaufmann to perform his first ever fully staged opera in Australia when the Company presents Wagner’s Lohengrin in Melbourne in May.

2 December 2021: The L Plates of Opera: Puccini, Bizet, Verdi & more!
A perfect test drive of the world’s most famous arias, the concert introduces novices to the vast world of opera through familiar tunes.

14 October 2021: OA launches NYE Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island to ring-in 2022 in style
Opera Australia has added another outdoor spectacular to its program, today announcing the inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island.

11 October 2021: Professor Glyn Davis AC to join Opera Australia board
The distinguished academic and philanthropic sector leader will become chair after a handover from David Mortimer AO, who has announced he will step down in early 2022 after nine years in the role.

8 October 2021: Call for Auditions The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour 2022
Opera Australia is calling for Australia’s finest vocalists, actors and dancers to audition for its brand new production of The Phantom of the Opera, which will take place on the iconic overwater, outdoor stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2022.

6 October 2021: Opera Australia launches premiere-filled 2022 Melbourne season
OA Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is looking forward to returning to Melbourne with a world-class season including some of the finest talent from Australia and abroad.

6 October 2021: Opera Australia on the road to recovery with a full 2022 season announced
Opera Australia today signalled a return to normal programming, announcing its entire 2022 season, confident that COVID shutdowns and debilitating restrictions will be a thing of the past.

1 October 2021: The Phantom of the Opera 2022 Season Dates Confirmed
The much-anticipated production, originally scheduled for 2021, will now open at the Sydney Opera House in August 2022 and Arts Centre Melbourne in October 2022.

30 September 2021: Two of the world’s most famous productions announced for outdoor spectaculars in 2022
Carmen on Cockatoo Island is an exciting new and innovative event that will capitalise on Sydney’s glorious weather and outdoor lifestyle when it premieres in November 2022.

14 September 2021: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Moved to 2022
New dates have been secured at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from October next year.

11 August 2021: Opera Australia announces new CEO
Opera Australia today announced that eminent international performing arts leader Fiona Allan has been appointed as the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer

19 August 2021: Brisbane Ring Cycle falls victim to COVID-19
Opera Australia, today announced it has been forced to postpone the Brisbane premiere of the world’s first fully digital Ring Cycle for the second year running due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak

22 July 2021: The Phantom of the Opera postponed to 2022
Opera Australia is disappointed to announce the forced postponement of their production of The Phantom of the Opera that was scheduled to open at the Sydney Opera House in September and Arts Centre Melbourne in November.

16 June 2021: Sydney winter season unable to proceed due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions
Due to the extension of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions and subsequent Health Orders, Opera Australia announced today it is unable to proceed with the remainder of its winter season at the Sydney Opera House.

10 June 2021: The ABCs of Opera: Aida, the Barber of Seville, Carmen and more!
Opera Australia is pleased to announce the return of its Great Opera Hits concert series to complement its 2021 Winter season.

7 June 2021: Renowned singers Yonghoon Lee and Karah Son lead Otello in Sydney
This winter Opera Australia is presenting legendary German director Harry Kupfer’s highly acclaimed production of Otello, one of Verdi’s most magnificent works, with three internationally renowned singers leading a stellar cast.

3 June 2021: OA returns to Canberra with fiery new production of Carmen, opera’s most famous femme fatale
As part of the 25th anniversary of its national touring program, Opera Australia is bringing an exciting new production of Bizet’s Carmen by director Matthew Barclay to the Canberra Theatre Centre this July.

25 May 2021: Highly acclaimed Attila makes triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House after 2020 shutdown
Opera Australia is bringing back Verdi’s Attila, the Company’s first co-production with the prestigious Teatro alla Scala, which had a hugely successful premiere in 2020 but was suspended after only two performances due to the COVID pandemic.

25 May 2021: The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne
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, making its highly anticipated premiere at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre from November 14th.

20 May 2021: Digital spectacular Aida returns to Sydney
The first of Opera Australia’s critically acclaimed digital productions, Aida, by celebrated Italian director and choreographer Davide Livermore, will return to Sydney next month

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.

21 April 2021: 25th anniversary for Opera Australia’s national tour, launches with brand new production of Bizet’s Carmen
A new production of Bizet’s Carmen by director Matthew Barclay, will embark on what’s been dubbed a ‘mega-tour’ around Australia from May through to August.

20 April 2021: Opera Australia offers free arts access and training to students and teachers in Victoria
Opera Australia is launching an arts education initiative in Melbourne for local students and teachers next month.

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.

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.