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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian, with English surtitles

Running time

approximately 2 hours & 5 minutes, with one interval

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Duty! Youth! Honour! Beauty!

Ernani is an outlaw, ready to fight for his honour and die for his ideals. But our hero is caught in a love quadrangle. Can he win the hand of the beautiful Elvira, who is already promised to her elderly uncle de Silva and coveted by the King of Spain?

This opera has intrigue, disguise, betrayal and adventure, like all the best medieval tales. Love can triumph over almost anything, but in this story with a surprising ending, honour has the final say.

Ernani was Verdi’s fifth opera. Seventy years after its premiere, it became the first complete opera ever recorded. That’s testament to the rousing music. You’ll hear all the composer’s trademark colours on display: passionate choruses, emotional arias and flawless ensemble writing.

In this co-production with La Scala, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf embraces the melodrama of the story and creates a play within a play. It’s an excuse for lavish period costumes, masks and headdresses.

Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo conducts the stunning score. We’ve assembled an exciting cast, led by Diego Torre as the brave Ernani and Natalie Aroyan as Elvira. Baritone Vladimir Stoyanov sings the role of the King of Spain, with Vitalij Kowaljow as Elvira’s Uncle.

Co-production by Teatro alla Scala and Opera Australia.

Cast & Creative

Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Revival Director
Laura Galmarini
Set Designer
Julian Crouch
Costume Designer
Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer
Marco Filibeck
Video Designer
Filippo Marta
Assistant Director
Don Carlo, King of Spain
Vladimir Stoyanov
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Vitalij Kowaljow
Don Riccardo

Opera Australia Orchestra & Opera Australia Chorus

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The Sydney Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has made some changes to the way it operates.

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Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a themed three-course menu for just $75, including a glass of NV First Creek ‘Botanica’ Sparkling Cuvee on arrival.

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FAQs for subscribers

How to access your presale and discount

Unfortunately, we’ve had to suspend our regular annual subscription program for 2021. Instead, we’ll be offering a range of benefits to existing subscribers, including a 15% discount on tickets, as well as a discount to anybody who books three or more operas at a time.

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Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano

Ernani at La Scala (2018)

Photo: Brescia e Amisano