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

Mazda Opera in the Bowl

The stars begin to twinkle as the daylight fades and the picnic blanket is spread with good fare.


Saturday 3 December 2016, 8pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Gates open at 4pm

It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music begins. Especially when the music is some of the most‐loved opera choruses, and arias from four leading soloists, the Opera Australia Chorus and Orchestra Victoria. This marvellous combination could only be Mazda Opera in the Bowl.


BIZET Prelude to Carmen
ORFF 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana
ROSSINI 'Largo al factotum' from The Barber of Seville
BIZET The Flower Song from Carmen
SAINT-SAËNS 'Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix' from Samson and Delilah
VERDI The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore
BIZET 'Au fond du temple saint' from The Pearlfishers
VERDI 'Sempre libera' from La Traviata


ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
BIZET Seguidilla from Carmen
BIZET The Toreador Song from Carmen
LOEWE 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from My Fair Lady
RODGERS 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel
PUCCINI 'Nessun dorma' from Turandot

Conductor Anthony Legge
DIRECTOR Roger Press


Bernie Tan-Hayes

Audio designer Jim Atkins
Video Director Dennis Murphy
Hosted by Christopher Lawrence
Featuring Lorina Gore
  Sian Pendry
  Diego Torre

Luke Gabbedy

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

Principal Partner


Venue Partner

Arts Centre Melbourne logo

 Event Partners



Wine Partner

How do I get there?
Sidney Myer Music Bowl is situated in Kings Domain on Linlithgow Avenue. It is 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). Enter through Gate 1, located off Linlithgow Avenue.
Is there parking nearby?
There is limited pay and display parking around the 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.

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

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

We are proud to present Mazda Opera in the Bowl on International Day of People with Disability. Auslan Interpretation and surtitles will be provided throughout the event. If you would like access to the reserved Auslan seating area, please make yourself known to the ushers or staff at the event before 7:15pm. Limited seating is available.

Wet weather
This is an outdoor event which operates rain, hail or shine, so please come prepared for all weather. Umbrellas must be kept closed during the performances as they spoil the view for others around you. Check on the day if Melbourne is experiencing extreme weather conditions.
Mazda Garden Bar
Pop by the Mazda Garden Bar, where there'll be food trucks and a white sangria bar.
If you own a Mazda, be sure to bring along your car key to redeem a free mocktail.

Look out for our dress-up box, where you can try on opera costumes. Share your pictures with us for the chance to win opera tickets. #MazdaOperaBowl

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 take along a portable chair, but be mindful of your neighbours and make sure it’s no more than 20cm off 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 outlets.
Please don’t think about bringing tables, tents, glass drinking glasses, fireworks, animals, weapons or promotional materials, as they won’t be allowed on site. And of course, illegal items and behaviour are prohibited.
Nothing compares to listening to live opera. Please enjoy the performances by Opera Australia’s finest singers accompanied by Orchestra Victoria, instead of watching the stage through your phone or camera.

Point and shoot cameras are great to capture snaps with your friends before and after the show, but professional standard cameras (SLRs and zoom lenses) won’t be allowed on site.
Venue information
The capacity is 10,000. As the venue fills up you may be asked to condense your picnic set-up to make room for more people.

Bag searches will take place at the gates where we’ll check for prohibited items. We may also check to see that under 16 year olds are accompanied by an adult.

There will be pass outs for smokers and anyone who needs to step out for a short period.

ATM facilities and a cloak room are available on site.
Other questions
Do you have other questions about Mazda Opera in the Bowl? Email