Mazda Opera in the Domain

Mazda Opera in the Domain

It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.

Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Opera Australia's very own Opera Australia Orchestra.

This January, experience the midsummer night's dream that brings opera to the people.

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


The most famous arias, under the stars — free!


SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
ROSSINI 'Largo al factotum' from The Barber of Seville
BIZET Habanera from Carmen
LEHÁR 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz' from Das Land des Lächelns
GOUNOD Jewel Song from Faust
SAINTS-SAËNS Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
BIZET The Toreador Song ('Votre Toast') from Carmen
BIZET 'Au fond du temple saint' from The Pearlfishers


ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
LEONCAVALLO Prologue to Pagliacci
PUCCINI 'Che gelida manina' from La Bohème
BIZET Seguidilla from Carmen
DELIBES The Flower Duet ('Dôme épais, le jasmin') from Lakmé
VERDI 'De' miei bollenti spiriti ... O mio rimorso' from La Traviata
VERDI 'Sempre libera' from La Traviata

How do I get there?

Train: Martin Place is the nearest train station.

Ferry: It is an easy 20-minute walk from Circular Quay to The Domain.

To plan your trip, visit

Cycling? Bike racks will be available at The Domain.

Is there parking nearby?

Is there parking nearby?

Undercover parking is available at The Domain Car Park. For more information or to pre-book a parking space, visit


A accessible viewing area for patrons with accessibility requirements is located on the eastern side of The Domain between towers 6 and 7. Friends and family are also welcome in the designated viewing area.

The Domain precinct is relatively flat but does have inclining and declining sealed pathways throughout. We provide accessible amenities, a drop-off and pick-up area and limited parking close to this viewing area for MPS permit holders. Registration is essential to access the viewing and parking area. 

Bookings can be made on 02 8006 5700.

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 including the Mazda Garden Bar.

For the comfort of your neighbours, please don't bring high chairs, tables, tents, beach umbrellas, glass drinking glasses or animals. To protect the lawn, avoid placing plastic sheeting and ice on the grass.

Mazda Garden Bar
Pop by the Mazda Garden Bar, where there'll be food trucks and a bar.

If you own a Mazda, be sure to bring along your car key to redeem a free mocktail.

Share your pictures with us for the chance to win opera tickets. #MazdaOperaDomain

Food and drinks
A range of food and beverages are available for sale in The Domain 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?
Nothing compares to listening to live opera. Once the performance begins, please put away your phones and cameras.
What if it rains?

This event will go ahead if rain is forecast. Umbrellas are allowed until the performance begins.

In the unlikely event that the performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, announcements and notifications will be made on the Opera Australia website and on radio stations after 5.00pm. Alternatively, please call 02 9699 1099 on the day for wet weather details.

Saturday 21 January 2017

The Domain

Conductor Anthony Legge
Hosted by Christopher Lawrence
Directed by Matthew Barclay
FEATURING Elvira Fatykhova
  Sian Pendry
  Ho-Yoon Chung
  Luke Gabbedy

Opera Australia Orchestra

Principal Partner of Opera Australia


Venue Supporter

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

 In association with

Sydney Festival

 Event Partners



Cadbury Coco


Aqua Botanical


IGA Liquor



Wine Partner

Win a Mazda6