The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve

The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve

Step into the Sydney Opera House's magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with fireworks and champagne at interval.

New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House

New Year's Eve is the night when Sydney puts on the bling, kicks up its heels and shows the world what a gorgeous thing it is, as a festival of fire explodes across the midnight sky. 

Ringside seats to the greatest show on earth are hard to come by, but we've saved some great ones, and you're invited. 

Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House.

Be entertained at the Opera Gala, featuring favourites by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and more.

Then, with a heart full of song, watch the fireworks the whole world watches. Interval is timed for the 9pm fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks.

There’s nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year’s Eve and there’s nowhere closer to the action than Sydney Opera House. Make this your most glamorous and memorable New Year ever.

It's guaranteed to end with a bang!


Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Johanna Puglisi
Lighting Designer Gavan Swift
Hosted by Jonathan Biggins

Amanda Echalaz
Emma Matthews
Milijana Nikolic
Rosario La Spina
Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Michael Honeyman

Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra

Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve. 

Pre-Performance Dinner $359 (SOLD OUT)
Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine to a three-course menu, designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer from 5:30pm. Add this option to your cart after you've selected your seats for the Opera Gala.
Midnight Party $279 (SOLD OUT)
Canapes, drinks and live entertainment from 10:30pm, with views of the midnight fireworks from the Northern Foyers. Add this option to your cart after you've selected your seats for the Opera Gala.
Platinum Package $1,110-$1,190 (SOLD OUT)
Pre-performance dinner, Premium seats at the Opera Gala, a program, drink at interval, and the Midnight Party. Book a Platinum Package.

Important Times

Pre-Performance Dinner (5.30pm)

The Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre will open for pre-performance dinner patrons at 5pm. Dinner commences at 5.30pm.

Foyers (6.00pm)

The foyers of the Concert Hall will be open from 6pm.

The Opera Gala (8.00pm)

The performance commences at 8pm and runs until 10.30pm, with interval timed for the 9pm fireworks.

Midnight Party (10:30pm)

The party commences immediately after the performance in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall and finishes at approximately 1:30am.

The best New Year's Eve in the world

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The best New Year's Eve in the world

New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House


New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House

With over 4,500 extra trains, buses, light rail and ferry services, public transport is the best way to travel this New Year’s Eve. Many roads are closed in the Sydney CBD, harbour foreshore, and various council areas; the city is no place for cars.

To assist you with planning ahead, check out the interactive road closure map prepared by City of Sydney.

Please approach the Sydney Opera House on foot along the Eastern side of Macquarie Street. Access may not be available from Circular Quay along the harbour front.

Due to the extensive road closures around  the city, driving is not encouraged. However, if you are driving, to access the Sydney Opera House car park you will need to be parked by 10am on 31 December.

Despite the fact that the car park will remain open all day, exit from the car park will not be possible until at least 4am or later on 1 January due to road closures surrounding the Sydney Opera House. For Sydney Opera House car park information contact 02 9247 7599.

Use the secure taxi rank.

Taxis cannot 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 kilmoetre walk from Sydney Opera House, on Elizabeth Street, south of Hyde Park.

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We warmly welcome patrons with specific mobility requirements. However, entry to the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Eve can be challenging and needs careful prior planning. Any guests with specific needs, and particularly those with mobility support requirements must contact Opera Australia prior to the event to help plan their trip. Disabled patrons should also check for other access options including possible pre-booked options from Domain Car Park and St James station.

9pm fireworks

The interval has been specifically timed to conincide with the 9pm fireworks. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to access axclusive 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

If you are not attending the Mightnight Party, you will be able to watch the fireworks from the Southern foyers of the Sydney Opera House. Theatre bars will be open and a range of beverages as well as hot and cold foods will be available for purchase.

Have your tickets ready to show at ticket check points

All patrons should enter via the Macquarie Street check point. Ticket holders are required to show their tickets at security check points to gain access to the Sydney Opera House precinct.

Pre booked tickets will be available for collection at the Sydney Opera House Box Office. Please bring and present your ticket confirmation and photo ID to the security checkpoint on Macquarie St to gain access to the site.

Dress code

It is always fun to dress up for a special occassion like New Year's Eve and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory. A cloak room will be available.

Sydney Opera House Foyers will open from 6pm

We understand that you want to leave plenty of time to arrive at the Sydney Opera House on such a special night but arrival before 4:30pm is not encouraged. Foyers will be open from 6pm.

Security Requirements

As the Australian government has placed the country on High National Terrorism Public Alers, all bags will be checked at site entry points. Please be prepared to have your bags checked. Prohibited items will be removed. There are facilities to cloack your bags available once inside the Sydney Opera House.