Mazda Opera in the Bowl: an open-air stage against a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline

Mazda Opera in the Bowl

Enjoy the hits of opera at Melbourne's favourite free night out!


Saturday 30 November 2019, 8pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Gates open at 4pm

It’s a Saturday evening in spring.

You’ve got your favourite people by your side and a fabulous picnic spread to share. Then the glorious live music begins.

Those rousing orchestral overtures you didn’t even know you knew: from William Tell and Carmen. The beautiful Pearlfishers duet. The thrilling Toreador Song from Carmen.

Hear our brightest stars perform opera’s most famous tunes under the stars. The magnificent sound of Orchestra Victoria fills the night. The singers’ voices soar into the open air.

Dress up — or not — it’s your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.

Listen to some of the opera hits you'll hear at Mazda Opera in the Bowl...

Conductor Tahu Matheson
Hosted by Christopher Lawrence
Featuring Stacey Alleaume
  Anna-Louise Cole
  Anna Dowsley
  Walter Fraccaro
  José Carbó

Orchestra Victoria

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How do I get there?

Sidney Myer Music Bowl is situated in Kings Domain on Linlithgow Avenue. Entry is via Gate 1, near the King George V Monument.

It's a 15-minute walk from Flinders Street Station, across Princess Bridge over the Yarra River. Otherwise, get off at tram stop 17 on St Kilda Road and Grant Street (routes 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72).

Is there parking nearby?

There is limited pay and display parking around Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Arts Centre Melbourne has an undercover car park, with the entrance located on the corner of Sturt and Kavanagh Streets, Southbank. Visit for more information. 

What can I bring to the venue?

Call your friends and family, pack a picnic, sunscreen and bring a blanket to enjoy a magical night under the stars. For extra comfort, bring along a portable chair, but be mindful of your neighbours and make sure the back measures no more than 20cm from the ground.

Alcohol is allowed on site, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine, or make use of the venue's various bars and food trucks.

There is a designated smoking area out the front of Gate 2.

There will be a cloak room inside Gate 1 for prams and bulky items.

Please don't bring tables, tents, drinking glasses, fireworks, animals, weapons or promotional materials, as they won't be allowed on site.

Food and drinks
A range of food and beverages are available for sale from the afternoon to the end of the evening. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic and alcohol. However, glass drinking glasses are not permitted on site. Please ensure waste is disposed of in the rubbish bins located around the site.
Can I take pictures and video?

We'd love to see you having fun with your friends at Mazda Opera in the Bowl! Share your photos of the day on Instagram using the hashtag #MazdaOperaBowl for your chance to win two A reserve tickets to opera at Arts Centre Melbourne (terms & conditions apply).

Nothing compares to listening to live opera. Once the performance begins, please put away your mobile phone and cameras.

What if it rains?

This is an outdoor event which operates in rain, hail or shine, so please come prepared for all weather. Umbrellas must be closed during the performance as they spoil the view for others around you. We recommend bringing warm and weatherproof clothing.

In the unlikely event that the performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, announcements and notifications will be made on the Opera Australia website and social media channels. 


Surtitles will be provided throughout the event.

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl has a golf buggy if you require assistance getting from Linlithgow Avenue to the venue entrance. Bookings are not necessary. Please see venue staff for assistance.

A dedicated wheelchair seating area is also available. Please ask ushers or staff on the night to direct you to this area when you arrive.

The evening's host will be accompanied by a fully qualified Auslan interpreter.