Mazda Opera in the Domain

Mazda Opera in the Domain

The most famous arias, under the stars — free!


Saturday 18 January 2020

The Domain

Due to weather conditions out of our control, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel today’s scheduled event Mazda Opera in the Domain to ensure we don’t put the safety of our guests, cast or crew at risk.

We place the highest priority on safety and though today’s cancellation is disappointing we hope you understand and respect our decision to put safety first. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Though we're disappointed to cancel today’s event, this rain is great news for the bushfires so we're all hoping this much needed weather makes its way to those areas that need it the most.

The Symphony Under the Stars concert at the Crescent in Parramatta is scheduled to proceed as planned.

Please refer to the Bureau of Meteorology website for the most up to date weather conditions.


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

At this concert hosted by Christopher Lawrence, you can hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of the Opera Australia Orchestra.

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.

View the program

Listen to some of the opera hits you'll hear at Mazda Opera in the Domain

How do I get there?

Train: Martin Place is the nearest train station.

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

To check if there is track work on your line or to avoid delays, we recommend planning your trip with

Cycle: Bike racks will be available at The Domain.

Is there parking nearby?

Undercover parking is available at The Domain Car Park. For more information, visit


An accessible viewing area for patrons with accessibility requirements is located behind the VIP seating. 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.

For more information with regard to site accessibility at Mazda Opera in the Domain please contact Opera Australia directly on 02 9318 8200 or email

The evening's host will be accompanied by a fully qualified Auslan interpreter.

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. 

Dogs on a leash will be allowed as long as they don't interfere with the enjoyment of other patrons.

Please don't bring high chairs, tables, tents, drinking glasses, fireworks, weapons or promotional materials, as they won't be allowed on site.

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?

We'd love to see you having fun with your friends and family at Mazda Opera in the Domain! Share your photos of the day on Instagram using the hashtag #MazdaOperaDomain.

Nothing compares to listening to live opera. Once the performance begins, please put away your phones and cameras.

What if it rains?

This is an outdoor event which operates in all weather conditions, so please come prepared. Umbrellas must be closed during the performance as they spoil the view for others around you. We recommend bringing warm and weatherproof clothing.

In the unlikely event that the performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, announcements and notifications will be made on this page and social media channels.

What if it's smoky?

Ongoing bushfires around Australia are affecting air quality in Sydney, and conditions change from day to day. Air quality measurements and predictions issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment can be found here, with an activity guide for different groups here.

Mazda Opera in the Domain is an outdoor event. Please take into account air quality conditions and your own personal circumstances when deciding whether to attend. Conditions can change throughout the day and you should monitor air quality regularly.

In the unlikely event we are confronted with hazardous air quality during the concert, we may pause the event until the Air Quality Index drops to a suitable and safe level to proceed. Announcements will be made to the public if this be the case.

In the unlikely event that the performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, announcements and notifications will be made on this page and social media channels.

conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Miranda Summers
Lighting designer Paul Collison
Sound Designer Ian Cooper
hosted by Christopher Lawrence
featuring Stacey Alleaume
  Natalie Aroyan
  Anna Dowsley
  Simon Kim
  José Carbó

Opera Australia Orchestra

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