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Opera Centre

Studio Hire

The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

Are you looking for a rehearsal space in Sydney? Or a venue for meetings, functions, or performances? The Opera Centre is centrally located in Surry Hills is where Opera Australia rehearses, coaches, and sometimes performs. Each studio and room includes a piano, access to a loading dock, and is designed with artists and creatives in mind. Because live performance is at the heart of what we do. Our studios and coaching rooms are available for hire. The Joan Sutherland Studio can fit a full orchestra. And if you're a not-for-profit organisation, we'll offer you a discount.

To book a studio, complete this form or email studio.hire@opera.org.au

Studios are suitable for rehearsals, auditions, meetings, functions and performances. 

The Opera Centre is at 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. It is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. Street parking is available but there is no on-site parking. 

Entry to the studios from the main entrance on Elizabeth Street is via four flights of stairs. Accessible entry can be arranged. 

View a plan of the Studios 

Included in studio hire: 

  • Chairs (subject to availability)
  • Trestle tables 
  • Music stands (subject to availability)
  • Piano and piano stool
  • Wi-fi 
  • Seperate air-conditioning with controls
  • Access to loading dock 
  • Access to Green Room with tables and chairs for 50 people
  • Access to kitchen with sink, hot/chilled water, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and crockery

Not included in studio hire: 

  • Set up of chairs, tables, music stands or any other equipment 
  • AV equipment 
  • Security outside Monday–Friday 8am–6pm (see below) 
Hire Charges 
  • Joan Sutherland Studio: $180/hour or $990/day 
  • Sir Warwick Fairfax Studio or Phillip Bacon Studio: $150/hour or $825/day
  • Albert Studio and Board Room: $50/hour or $275/day 
  • Coaching Room: $40/hour or $220/day 

Not-for-profit organisations receive 50% discount on the hire charge.

Security is included Monday–Friday 8am–6pm. For evenings, weekends and public holidays, additional security charges apply:

  • Before 8am/after 6pm: $35.75/hour (minimum 4 hrs)
  • Saturday: $35.75/hour (minimum 4 hrs)
  • Sunday: $57.60/hour (minimum 4 hrs)
  • Public holiday: $79.20/hour (minimum 4 hrs)

All listed charges include GST. 

Loading Dock

By arrangement, there is level access to the Studios via the Loading Dock on Clisdell Street.  
Roller door dimensions: H 4.1m x W 5m
Doorway from Loading Dock to Studio area: H3.57m x W1.57m

Shared Facilities

Loading Dock

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Corridor, chairs, music stands

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Green Room

Kitchen


The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

Joan Sutherland Studio

Joan Sutherland Studio

Capacity: 250-300 standing/200 seated
Piano: Yamaha C7 (227x102cm, 88 key), tuned fortnightly
Flooring: weathertex, sprung
Dimensions: W18.7m x L18.m
Floor to truss: 3.76m
Doorways: H 2.8m x W1.6m
Power: 3 phase (32 amp, 5 pin Wilco outlet) and standard (10 am double gpo)
Lighting: LED down lights and T5 fluro fittings, seperately switched 


Sir Warwick Fairfax Studio

Sir Warwick Fairfax Studio (TOC1)

Capacity: 150-200 standing/150 seated
Piano: Yamaha C2 (173x101cm, 88 key), tuned fortnightly
Flooring: Weathertex, sprung
Dimensions: W17.7m x L14.1 m
Floor to truss: 3.9m
Doorway: H3.4m x W1.7m
Power: 3 phase (32 amp, 5 pin Wilco outlet) and standard (10 am double gpo)
Lighting: LED down lights and T5 fluro fittings, seperately switched 


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Phillip Bacon Studio (TOC2)

Capacity: 150 standing/100 seated
Piano: Yamaha C2 (173x101cm, 88 key), tuned fortnightly
Flooring: Weathertex, sprung
Other: 1x Mirrored wall, barres on 3 walls
Dimensions: W11.7m x L12.3m
Floor to truss: 3.9m
Doorway: H2.9m x W1.6m
Power: 3 phase (32 amp, 5 pin Wilco outlet) and standard (10 am double gpo)
Lighting: T5 fluro fittings, seperately switched 


Albert Studio

Albert Studio

Piano: Yamaha C2 (173x101cm, 88 key), tuned fortnightly
Dimensions: W4.1m x L11.7m
Doorway: H2.94m x W 1.57m 
Power: standard (10 am double gpo)
Lighting: T5 fluro fittings, seperately switched 


Coaching Rooms

Coaching Rooms (three available)

Piano: Upright or G3, tuned fortnightly
Coaching Room 1: W2.8m x L4.3m x H2.3m
Coaching Room 2: W4.37m x L3.3m x H2.8m
Coaching Room 3: W2.77m x L4.37m x H3.24m


Board Room

Board Room

The Board Room is available for hire but is not a proper rehearsal studio. It is carpetted and has a low ceiling. If necessary, it can be used for meetings, sectional rehearsals and small ensemble rehearsals. Tables and chairs can be moved as needed. 
Piano: Steinway Upright available for use, but not suitable as a serious rehearsal instrument 
Dimensions: W8.4m x L8m
Doorway: standard door