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.


Saturday 19 January 2019

The Domain

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.

Arrive in the afternoon and there will be plenty of time for you and your friends to grab a drink at the pop-up Mazda Garden Bar, and settle in with your picnic for a fabulous night.

Rob Mills and Christopher Lawrence will entertain you from 5pm-8pm while you enjoy your picnic and drinks. From 8pm, Christopher Lawrence will take you through the concert.

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!

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


SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture performed by the Opera Australia Orchestra
ROSSINI ‘Largo al factotum’ from The Barber of Seville performed by José Carbó
BIZET Seguidilla from Carmen performed by Sian Pendry
PUCCINI ‘Che gelida manina’ from La Bohème performed by Diego Torre
VERDI Overture to The Force of Destiny performed by the Opera Australia Orchestra
VERDI ‘Ritorna vincitor’ from Aida performed by Anna-Louise Cole
BIZET ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from The Pearlfishers performed by Shanul Sharma and José Carbó
VERDI ‘Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera’ from La Traviata performed by Stacey Alleaume

INTERVAL (30 minutes)

ROSSINI Gallop from the Overture to William Tell performed by the Opera Australia Orchestra
LEONCAVALLO Prologue to Pagliacci performed by José Carbó
MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana performed by the Opera Australia Orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Samson and Delilah performed by Sian Pendry
DONIZETTI ‘Ah, mes amis’ from La fille du regiment performed by Shanul Sharma
PUCCINI ‘In questa reggia’ from Turandot performed by Anna-Louise Cole
PUCCINI ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Tosca performed by Diego Torre
SAINT-SAËNS Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah performed by the Opera Australia Orchestra
DELIBES ‘Dôme épais, le jasmin’ from Lakmé performed by Stacey Alleaume and Sian Pendry
PUCCINI ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot performed by Diego Torre


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 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. Registrations for accessible parking are now closed.  

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

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 the Opera Australia website and social media channels.

*Win tickets to the opera: terms and conditions apply. ACT Permit No. TP 17/02311. NSW Permit No. LTPS/17/19553. SA Permit No. T17/2175.

conductor Brian Castles-Onion
director Johanna Puglisi
hosted by Christopher Lawrence
  Rob Mills
featuring Stacey Alleaume
  Anna-Louise Cole
  Sian Pendry
  Diego Torre
  Shanul Sharma
  José Carbó

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