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 — 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. 

View the auction catalogue 

To register for an absentee bid, please complete this form (pdf) and return to Leonard Joel.



Exhibition at The Opera Centre

480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (Sydney)
entry via Clisdell St (near Belvoir St)

Saturday 24 June 11am–6pm
Sunday 25 June 11am–6pm
Tuesday 27 June 11am–6pm
Wednesday 28 June 11am–6pm
Thursday 29 June 11am–8pm

Auction weekend

480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (Sydney)
entry via Clisdell St (near Belvoir St)

Friday 30 June 2017

Saturday 1 July 2017


The main entrance to the auction has some stairs. If you require wheelchair access to the auction exhibition, please email

Leonard Joel