An orange dress with hand-embroidered gold detail

Opera Australia’s Costume and Memorabilia Auction

In the Opera Australia archives, intricate embroidered silk lies under rustling archival tissue paper. Boxes of pannier skirts wait patiently for another set of hips to adorn. Medieval suits of armour glint in the darkness. 

It’s a hidden world too wonderful to imagine. But you don’t have to — in June 2017, you can see it for yourself.

We’re diving into sixty years of costumes, props and memorabilia in an anniversary exhibition at The Opera Centre, culminating in an auction where you can bid for a piece of Australia’s operatic story.

Whether you want a talking point for the mantelpiece or a wonderful costume to step into when you’re feeling a little dramatic, you won’t find artistry like this at any gallery. 

The online catalogue will be available in June 2017. Sign up to our e-newsletter for updates.


Exhibition at The Opera Centre

480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (Sydney)

Saturday 24 June 2017
11:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday 25 June – Thursday 29 June 2017
9:00am to 5:00pm

Auction weekend

480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (Sydney)

Friday 30 June 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday 1 July 2017
9:00am to 6:00pm

Leonard Joel