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Venue

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Running time

approximately 2 hours & 35 minutes, including one interval

Language

Performed in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles

Raise your glass, flutter those lashes. He’s staring at you, he’s singing for you… Are you tempted?

Violetta is the life of every party. A courtesan with a heart of gold, she’s free and free-spirited. Could a little love change everything?

Experience the joy and heartache of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out. Fireworks light up the sky at every performance. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is “the ultimate Sydney experience” (Yahoo! Travel).

In 2021, we present La Traviata: the story that inspired Moulin Rouge.

Arrive early to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Drink in the view as the setting sun glimmers over the city skyline. Then take your seats in the comfortable grandstand to enjoy “a ravishing visual spectacle” (Huffington Post).

The 3.5-tonne chandelier sparkles with 10,000 crystals. The biggest scenes feature 70 performers on stage and party boats in the harbour.

Verdi’s score offers flying melodies, rousing drinking songs and heartbreaking duets. Brian Castles-Onion conducts the opera, with a live orchestra hidden under the stage.

“It’s the perfect potion — the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera.”

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Make your evening extra special — drink and dine at the HSBC Platinum Club: an undercover pop-up restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Synopsis

Act I

Violetta has been to a sanatorium to treat her tuberculosis. On her return to health she throws a party to mark her re-emergence in the demi-monde under the protection of Baron Duphol. Her guests have just completed a long lunch and the Baron is reading the last pages of a novel by Dumas to Violetta as Flora, a rival courtesan, enters with her protector the Marquis.

Alfredo is introduced to Violetta by the decadent Gaston. Alfredo has begged Gaston to introduce him to Violetta. He has long been enthralled by her and has enquired after Violetta every day of her illness.

Violetta insists that everyone sits together and drinks a toast to the occasion. Alfredo is prevailed upon to sing a drinking song from Provence.

As the guests leave to dance in the ballroom, Violetta feels faint and is momentarily left alone. Alfredo re-enters and confesses his love for her. She asks him to return the following day.

After her guests leave and she is alone, Violetta begins to consider the conflicting feelings of love and hedonism that are pulling her in opposite directions.

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La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Strategic and Government Sponsor

NSW Government

Patron-in-Chief
Principal Partner

Opera Australia Government Partner

Australia Council for the Arts