Mazda Opera in the Bowl


Mazda Opera in the Bowl

With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and featuring Opera Australia’s Community Choirs.

Pack a picnic and join us at one of Melbourne's favourite outdoor events for a spectacular evening under the stars. Mazda Opera in the Bowl features some of opera’s most popular arias in a beautiful outdoor setting. 

With stars on stage and even more stars in the sky above, Mazda Opera in the Bowl has all the ingredients for a perfect night out.

The 2013 line-up features glamorous sopranos, commanding baritones, a dashing tenor, the mighty Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a massive combined community choir of almost 400 voices.

The concert celebrates the magic and memorable moments in opera. Staged at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl – one of the country’s premier open‐air venues – Mazda Opera in the Bowl features some of the greatest arias and most beautiful overtures in a delectable program of songs and duets from operas including Carmen, Tosca, The Pearlfishers, Carmina Burana, The Barber of Seville and more. 

This family-friendly, free event is sure to delight opera aficionados and novices alike.

Gates open from 4pm, and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

There are no more pre-booked tickets available

Due to the enormous popularity of this free event, pre-booking is necessary. Tickets are now booked out. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the gate on the day. 






This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This event is part of the Melbourne Ring Festival

Presented by Opera Australia and City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Ring Festival takes place from 15 November - 13 December 2013. The festival is a month-long celebration of all things 'Ring-inspired'.

Everyone is invited to get a taste of Wagner's amazing Ring cycle through films, exhibitions, concerts, talks, performances and more. See for more information.

Conductor Anthony Legge
Director Neil Rutherford
Lighting Designer Bernie Tan-Hayes
Sound Designer Jim Atkins
Video Designer Cameron Kilpatrick
Featuring Christopher Lawrence
  Jacqueline Marbardi
  Milijana Nikolic
  Bradley Daley
  Andrew Jones
  Warwick Fyfe

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Opera Australia's Community Choir

Mazda Opera in the Bowl will go ahead regardless of rain, hail or shine. No seating areas are guaranteed undercover. Please come prepared for wet weather.

During the performance it is important that umbrellas are kept closed as they spoil the view for other patrons. If the forecast is for rain, you should wear suitable wet-weather clothing.

In the case of extreme weather conditions, you should check the Arts Centre Melbourne’s  website for more information.