Christmas Gift Guide

Experiences make the best gifts... and, we have just the ticket/s!

How is it nearly Christmas? After months in a twilight zone, the year has somehow evaporated and December is upon us. Luckily, this is the perfect time to find gifts for your loved ones before everything becomes a mad scramble.

Our 2022 season runs the full gamut of theatrical magic. Think all-star galas, light-hearted rom-coms, enchanting musicals, the darkest of dramas, and everything in between.

Here are our top tips on which tickets to buy for everyone you love, from impossible-to-buy-for family members and hard-to-impress partners to fab fun friends.

Let them choose

Mother's Day

Give someone you love the gift of a great night out, but let them choose what, where and when! You can buy a gift voucher for any value.

If you’re running a bit late, we can email the voucher to you (or your mum) in seconds. Or choose delivery by post and we’ll send you something to wrap.

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Make a date

Choose a night of romance or laughter for your lucky loved one. We have the perfect performance for everyone in your life.

You can exchange to another date if plans change.

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Here’s the perfect gift for...

Your Grandpa who cries every time he hears Pavarotti.

Treat him to the real thing with tickets to Turandot in which the ever-popular aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ is just one of the magical moments. Grandpa will get the chance to hear Yonghoon Lee, one of the great tenors of the 21st century.

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Your brother who loves a cult film and is still trying to fill the void left when Game of Thrones ended.

Fuel his taste for high drama with tickets to Il Trovatore. Verdi’s burning tale of witchcraft, murder and vengeance serves up more twists and inter-generational upsets in two and a half hours than GoT ever managed over eight series!

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Your Nan who adores Downton Abbey and a good laugh!

She’s embarrassed you at the chemist by asking her favourite pharmacist if he has any handsome sons, grandsons or nephews looking for a wonderful wife (wink!). Now you can lovingly give her a taste of her own good medicine with tickets to The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart’s ingenious comedy of mistaken identities is full of lovers and liaisons, tricks and disguises, lust and laughter.

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Your Aunt who loves a mega musical

She’s seen all the huge musicals of the 1980s multiple times – and she’s bought the t-shirts. But she’s never seen the most mega of all musicals in a setting like this one. Take her to The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour for a brand new staging on our grand harbour-side stage. There’s a massive cast, orchestra, dazzling costumes, fireworks at each performance, and a pretty famous chandelier. She’ll swoon to all the songs she knows (fighting the desire to sing along) and gasp at all new moments of spectacle.

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Your mates who'll try anything once – especially when you throw in the mention of a high-octane car chase.

What’s that? Opera, with car chases?! Yep, you heard it right! When you take Bizet’s gritty tale of fate and freedom out of the theatre and stage Carmen on the world-heritage outpost of Cockatoo Island, anything can happen!

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Your sister who has just fallen head over heels in love – again...

Indulge your sister’s passion for romance with tickets to Cinderella. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical puts all the magical moments on stage – the pumpkin carriage, the masked ball, the glass slipper – so she’ll be waltzing ‘on a dream’ for weeks.

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Your partner who is partial to silk stockings, burlesque and a dash of risqué glamour.

If your one-and-only loves the frivolity and salacious overtones of cabaret and a drag show, or channels Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, they’ll be enamoured with tickets to La Bohème. Think fishnets and fairy lights set in 1930s Berlin.

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The visiting out-of-town friends who can finally come to Sydney again.

As soon as you know what date they’ll be arriving and how long they’re staying, jump onto the Opera Australia website and see what production will be on stage.

If they happen to be coming for New Year’s Eve and you want to treat them to something that is ‘oh, so Sydney!’, gift them tickets to our glamorous La Bohème on New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House.