Australia’s Favourite Opera

Every opera lover has their favourite. It might be a comedy that never fails to tickle your funnybone, a tragedy that rips at your heartstrings, or a piece with an aria so sublime it changed your life.

But which opera is Australia’s favourite? We’re on a quest to find out which opera from the western canon our audience loves best. Over three months, operas will face off against one another in a variety of rounds before we finally crown one of them Australia’s Favourite Opera.

This is no mean feat, and we’re going to need your help every step of the way.

How will it work?

Our first step is to come up with a shortlist. We’ve included a list of every major opera we’ve ever performed here at Opera Australia, and we’d like you to vote for your ten favourites. You’ve got until Friday 16 October to get your votes in.

Then we’ll open the first round of this operatic tournament on Monday 19 October. There will be three rounds in which the operas will be paired up, one against each other, and you’ll have two weeks to vote in each round to save your favourite operas and keep them in the running. Then we’ll move onto semifinals and then our grand final round between the top two contenders. You can see all the dates below.

Vote for Round Three

The tournament

The rounds

Shortlist round

From a list of more than 150 operas, you're invited to vote for your 10 favourites. The 32 operas which receive the highest votes will earn a place on our shortlist.
Voting opens: Monday 5 October, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 16 October, 5pm

Round one

Voting opens: Monday 19 October, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 30 October, 5pm

Round two

Voting opens: Monday 2 November, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 13 November, 5pm

Round three

Voting opens: Monday 16 November, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 27 November, 5pm


Voting opens: Monday 30 November, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 11 December, 5pm

Grand Final

Voting opens: Monday 14 December, 9am
Voting closes: Friday 25 December, 5pm

Winner announced

Monday 28 December