The last night of 2013 is the first night of La bohème. If ever there was a night to dress up, this is it.
With VIP access you’ll leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House, then settle back for an evening with Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello and Musetta in Gale Edwards’ decadent and dazzling production.
Then, with a heart full of song, stroll out onto the Opera House balcony to see the fireworks the whole world watches.
Gale Edwards’ lavish production inhabits 1930s Berlin, a hub for young impoverished creatives contending with the high cost of round-the-clock hedonism in a city seething with glitzy excess.
Berlin, midwinter, 1934. 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.
And then there’s love. Ah, love. That tingle of electricity as two hands meet. The fire in the eyes of the girl you want so badly. Love will keep us warm, won’t it? Find out, when Puccini’s bohemian boys wake up.
Celebrate in style - New Year's Eve experience options
Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for The Opera Gala or La bohème Gala. For the exclusive Platinum Package, select 'Platinum Pack' when you are choosing your seats on the map.
Pre-Performance Dinner $359
Enjoy a delicious and decadent three-course menu, designed by celebrity chef Matt Moran, and served with premium Katnook Estate Founder’s Block wine and beverages, as you overlook Sydney’s stunning harbour. Complete with live entertainment… this is the perfect way to begin your New Year’s Eve celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Dinner to commence at 5.30pm in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall.
To purchase, add La bohème Gala tickets to your cart, and then you will have the option to add the pre-performance dinner during the checkout process.
La boheme Gala Midnight Party - Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre $269
Those seeking one of the most spectacular New Year's Eve experiences in the world will enjoy prime position and sweeping views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world-famous fireworks display at our exclusive Midnight Party.
Available only to audience members of the La bohème Gala, this Midnight Party begins after the performance ends at 10.30pm, and finishes approx 1.30am. Guests will be treated to delicious canapes, premium drinks and live entertainment in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. As the clock strikes midnight, the sky will explode with colour and light over the magnficient Sydney Harbour - where will you be?
To purchase tickets, add La bohème Gala tickets to your cart, and then you will have the option to add tickets to the Midnight Party during the checkout process.
Platinum Package $1,180
For your most memorable New Year's Eve ever, choose a Platinum Package. The Platinum Package for the La boheme Gala is $1,180 per person, and includes the pre-performance dinner, beautiful souvenir program, the very best Premium seats, a glass of French champagne at interval, and entrance to the Midnight Party in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
To purchase this exclusive option, choose 'Platinum Pack' when selecting your seats on the map, or call our Box Office on 02 9699 1099 for more information.
Subscribers may include New Year’s Eve in their subscription and receive a 10% or 20% discount on their performance ticket. Click here for more information about subscriptions in Sydney and Melbourne.
If you have further queries about our New Year’s Eve events – especially our overseas guests – please contact our Special Events team on firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact our Box Office during business hours (Australian eastern standard time).
New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House
The best New Year's Eve in the world
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Opera Australia Children's Chorus
New Year’s Eve in the area of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House will be crowded. Plan ahead to avoid delays, and make sure you make the most out of your night.
Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve, with many roads closed in the Sydney CBD, harbour foreshore, and various council areas.
When arriving at Circular Quay it is recommended that ticket holders approach Sydney Opera House via the Eastern side of Macquarie Street. Access may not be available from Circular Quay along the harbourfront.
On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day there will be some roads closed before, during and after the event. Find out about road closures at www.sydneynewyearseve.com.
Ticket Check Points
As a ticketholder, you’ll be required to show your Opera Australia tickets at security check points to gain access to the Sydney Opera House precinct.
If you are collecting your tickets on the night, the box office will be open from 9am. You will need to present identification at these check points before making your way to the box office.
If the site reaches capacity, patrons for NYE events can still gain access via the Eastern side of Macquarie St.
The precinct is serviced by excellent public transport options on New Year’s Eve, and this is the recommended way to travel to and from the event. Visit the Transport Info website for advice and timetables.
Train: Extra trains will run on New Year’s Eve to get you to the city and home again. The nearest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay, which are all in walking distance of the venue. You are not able to alight trains at Circular Quay between 8pm and 1am.
Ferry: Sydney ferries will be operating extra services until the harbour exclusion zone is in force. During the exclusion zone, ferry services will be cancelled.
While we recommend using public transport. To access the Sydney Opera House car park will you will need to be parked by 10am on 31 December. Exit will be possible to exit after 2.30am or later on 1 January 2014. For Sydney Opera House car park information, contact 02 9247 7599.
Taxis can not be booked to pick up in areas where there are road closures. If you wish to travel home by taxi, the secure taxi rank is located approximately a two kilometre walk from Sydney Opera House, on Elizabeth Street, South of Hyde Park. Further details at www.sydneynewyearseve.com
We look forward to welcoming you to Opera Australia’s magnificent New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Sydney Opera House.
Read on for some important information to help ensure your evening goes smoothly, and is your most memorable New Year’s Eve.
In operation from early on 31 December
Sydney Opera House car park
Closed from 11am on 31 December until 1 January 2014
Box office open
from 9am on 31 December
The Concert Hall Nothern Foyer will open for pre-performance dinner patrons at 5pm. Dinner commences at 5.30pm in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall.
The foyers of the Joan Sutherland Theatre and Concert Hall will open for ticket holders from 6pm
La Bohème Gala
7.45pm – 10.30pm, with interval timed for the 9pm fireworks
The Opera Gala
8pm – 10.30pm, with interval timed for the 9pm fireworks
10.30pm – 1.30am approx
What to wear
There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to dress up for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory. A cloak room will be available.
Enjoy a delicious and decadent three-course menu, designed by celebrity chef Matt Moran, and served with premium Katnook Estate Founder’s Block wine and beverages, as you overlook Sydney’s stunning harbour. Complete with live entertainment… this is the perfect way to begin your New Year’s Eve celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Dinner to commence at 5.30pm in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall. Book the dinner when you book your tickets online, or call 02 9318 8200.
Patrons seeking one of the most spectacular New Year's Eve experiences in the world will enjoy prime position and sweeping views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world-famous fireworks display at our exclusive Midnight Parties. Available only to audience members of the La boheme Gala and The Opera Gala, guests will be treated to delicious canapes, premium beverages and live entertainment. When booking your tickets online, you will have the option to add Midnight Party tickets to your cart during the check out process. You can also call our Box Office on 02 9318 8200 to book or if you have enquiries.
- The Midnight Party for La bohème Gala ticket holders takes place in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
- The Midnight Party for Opera Gala ticket holders takes place in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall.
- The Midnight Parties commence after the performances at approximately 10.30pm,
and finish at approximately 1.30am.
The La bohème Gala is performed in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage. There are no surtitles for The Opera Gala.
Our Program is a beautiful souvenir, designed to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the performance. It contains detailed background information about the production, the cast and creative team, commissioned essay, interesting facts, photographs and more. Available for purchase in the foyer.
There are ATM facilities available on the concourse of the Sydney Opera House.
All patrons must hold a valid ticket to enter the venue. Babes in arms will not be permitted.
Non Smoking Venue
The Sydney Opera House is largely a non smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.
Connect with us
Opera Australia is committed to the rights of all people to experience our events. As such, we have implemented specific access measures for our New Year’s Eve events. Guests with disability including those with mobility support needs, are encouraged to book their seats though our dedicated phone line on (02) 9318 8300 or email@example.com.
More than one billion people worldwide tune in to watch Sydney’s spectacular fireworks display. Ticket holders will be treated to one of the best views in the world at interval, and you’re also invited to join us for our exclusive Midnight Party.
9pm fireworks at Interval
Interval has been specially timed to coincide with the 9pm fireworks. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to access exclusive viewing areas which take in all aspects of the world famous Sydney Harbour fireworks display. All foyer bars will be operational at interval.
Midnight fireworks at the Midnight Party
For the best access to the midnight fireworks, ticket holders can purchase tickets to the Midnight Party – where all eyes are on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and seven barges across the harbour as the clock strikes twelve. This exclusive event is only available to performance ticket holders, and tickets must be pre-purchased. You’ll have the a world class view whilst enjoying canapés, beverages and live music. Book the Midnight Party when you book your tickets online, or call 02 9318 8200.