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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 December—22 March

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

Mozart

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 2—30 January

If you go down to the woods today, you might find a pure-hearted prince and his feathered sidekick en route to rescue a damsel in distress, a queen atop her starry throne; mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. If in danger, just follow the sound of the flute.

Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—16 January

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.

School Holiday Fun

Sydney Opera House, 10—17 January

In this workshop, children will explore puppetry techniques that Taymor used to create this visually stunning production of The Magic Flute. They will be assisted by Opera Australia’s expert puppeteers.

Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 13 January—17 March

At last they are alone. The man hunt, the interrogation, the prayers, all forgotten as he leers at his conquest. Just sign the note of safe passage and she’s his! Where’s that pen? His upper lip sweats as he readies himself for Tosca’s kiss. He doesn’t see the knife glinting behind her back.

Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 27 January—28 March

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 4—30 May

Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.

Gounod

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 17 February—13 March

When an ageing academic accepts a deal from the underworld, his dreams of youth and love look set to come true. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail.

Verdi

Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 27 March—26 April

In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 26—26 April

Come and explore the wonderful world of opera, at a day of demonstrations and displays at the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Mozart

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 11—30 May

The serial seducer is on the loose again, in a new production from one of the most provocative minds in opera today, David McVicar. Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine.

Verdi

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 14 July—15 August

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 20—29 May

While marriage brings peace between France and Spain, it sparks war between father and son. And as secrets are revealed, passion and politics run riot on a grand scale in the 16th-century royal court of Spain.

Cole Porter

Princess Theatre, 27 May—19 July

Lyric Theatre, QPAC, 25 July—16 August

All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes!

Puccini

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 24 June—28 August

As the moon rises, a death cry wails through imperial Peking. Torture and death mean nothing. Freedom from possession means everything. Will the Princess win again?

Verdi

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—22 July

For a modern audience, La Traviata offers everything we think of when we think of the opera: a consumptive heroine, velvet dresses and heaving bosoms, lavish party scenes and touching intimate moments. The music is rousing, the stage crowded, the story at once romantic and tragic — a perfect escape from our own lives.

Mozart

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 6—29 August

Upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, dressups and dressing downs, all in a day's work. The Countess loves the Count, but the Count is keen on Susanna, who's engaged to Figaro, who finds himself in a whirl of longing, comeuppance, and total, utter madness.

Open Day

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 9—9 August

Come and explore the wonderful world of opera, at a day of demonstrations and displays at the Sydney Opera House.