A line of dancers perform a high kick in the Opera Australia production of The Merry Widow.

Operatic backgrounds for your video calls

There’s not always the opportunity to engage in high drama when you’re working from home...

Each day can seem to merge into the next, as can each video conference. But what if you could dial into each meeting from a dramatic new location and give your co-workers a pleasant surprise?

If your colleagues or friends are using Zoom video conferencing to stay in touch, you can set up custom backgrounds using just about any image.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite scenes from our productions so you can video conference from an extravagant Parisian drawing room (La Traviata), a palatial 17th-century dining room (The Marriage of Figaro) or even atop the Sydney Opera House.

How do you set up a Zoom background?

First download an image (or save it to your photos, if you're on a mobile or tablet) from the selection below, with the device that you're using for your Zoom meetings.


While we don’t recommend necessarily trying to perform a full aria from behind your laptop (your microphone probably won’t capture the quality of sound you’re looking for anyway) this is a great chance to be an opera star in your living room.

A giant bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti stands in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Aida on Sydney Harbour (2015). Photo by Hamilton Lund
Actors dressed as servants stand around the permieter of the set for The Marriage of Figaro, a large 17th century dining room.
The Marriage of Figaro (2019). Photo by Prudence Upton
Multiple actors stand around the set for the Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House, a two-storey, early 20th century house.
The Barber of Seville (2016). Photo by Keith Saunders
A woman stands atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Photo by Hamilton Lund
Singer Nicole Car plays Violetta in La Traviata at the Sydney Opera House, raising a glass of champagne in the middle of a crowded Parisian drawing room.
La Traviata (2018). Photo by Prudence Upton
Singer Danielle de Niese stands in the middle of a kickline of chorus men and women, kicking their legs into the air in The Merry Widow on stage at Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Merry Widow (2017). Photo by Jeff Busby
Singers and cast members perform on stage in the Opera Australia production of Cosi Fan Tutte at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Così fan tutte (2019). Photo by Jeff Busby