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Dates

25 March–24 April 2022

Venue

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one interval.

Recommended for ages 10+

Material includes themes of violence and horror. Parental guidance suggested.


Are you looking for The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydney Opera House?


By special arrangement with The Really Useful Group

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Phantom of the Opera

Principal Partner HSBC
MUSIC
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
LYRICS
CHARLES HART
ADDITIONAL LYRICS
RICHARD STILGOE
BOOK
RICHARD STILGOE & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Experience the phenomenon as the Music of the Night resounds across Sydney Harbour.

The longest-running show in musical history is coming to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in a dazzling new production.

This is The Phantom of the Opera as you’ve never seen it before. Under the stars, on a floating stage with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline glittering in the background. With fireworks every night and themed pop-up bars and restaurants, this will be an unforgettable evening.

Having played for 35 years on the West End, and 34 on Broadway, this inspired interpretation of Gaston Leroux’s novel remains one of the world’s favourite musicals. The story of a mysterious masked man who lives beneath the Paris Opera House, and the beautiful young singer who becomes his obsession and muse, seduces generation after generation and continues to enchant long-time devotees.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score — immortalised in one of the highest-selling cast albums of all time — is studded with melodies famous the world over: from the haunting beauty of ‘The Music of the Night’ and ‘All I Ask of You’, to the splendour of ‘Masquerade’, and the crashing chords of the title song.

Two of Australia’s most in-demand theatrical talents, director Simon Phillips and designer Gabriela Tylesova, bring a whole new level of spectacle to the show’s defining moments — the mirror, the journey to the Phantom’s lair, the chandelier — on an enormous purposebuilt stage over the water.

See them bring the Phantom’s extraordinary world to life, complete with a massive cast of musical theatre and opera’s top talents accompanied by a live orchestra hidden beneath the stage.

“You will never forgive yourself if you don’t experience the unforgettable strains of ‘Music of the Night’ wafting over the harbour. ★★★★★”

Time Out

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Hamilton Lund

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Photographer: Prudence Upton

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The Experience

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Set & Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Morgan Moroney
Sound Designer
Choreographer & Assistant Director
Assistant Director
Site Designer
Amber Stapff
The Phantom
Christine Daaé
Raoul, Vicomte De Chagny
Carlotta Guidicelli
Monsieur Firmin
Monsieur André
Madame Giry
Ubaldo Piangi
Meg Giry
Auctioneer
Porter, Jeweller
Monsieur Reyer
Passarino
Joseph Buquet
Hairdresser
Don Attilio

Cheat Sheet: The Phantom of the Opera

The world’s most popular musical returns to Australia, taking centre stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Did you know there really is a lake underneath the Paris Opera? Here’s everything you need to know…

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HSBC Platinum Club

Complete your night out on Sydney Harbour

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

A history of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Look back at ten years of spectacle and beauty, and discover extraordinary behind-the-scenes stories.

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Synopsis

ACT ONE

At an auction of opera memorabilia at the Paris Opera House, an old man, Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, bids for a strange musical box which seems to hold for him some special memory. The remnants of a chandelier are revealed and we are swept back to the time of Raoul’s youth, when the chandelier hung in splendour from the dome of the Opera House.

A new opera, Hannibal, is in rehearsal. Lefèvre, manager of the Opera House, arrives and explains to the company that he is retiring. He introduces the new managers, André and Firmin. André asks the prima donna, Carlotta, to sing, but a backdrop falls suddenly from the flies, almost killing her. There are murmurs among the company that it must have been the work of ‘the ghost’. Carlotta storms out, leaving the new production without a star. The new managers learn that there have been too many accidents. Madame Giry, the ballet mistress, hands the managers a note from ‘the opera ghost’ demanding a salary and a free box at the opera. Meg, Madame Giry’s daughter, suggests to André and Firmin that her friend and fellow dancer Christine Daaé could take Carlotta’s place. Christine has been taking singing lessons, but is unable (or unwilling) to say from whom. The managers grant her an audition.

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Strategic Sponsors

NSW Feel new

Patron-in-Chief
Dr Haruhisa Handa

The International Foundation for Arts and Culture

Principal Partner

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