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Great Opera Hits 2021

Sydney Opera House, 26 December-28 December

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

La Bohème on New Years Eve

Sydney Opera House, 31 December

Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House, then settle back for an evening with Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello and Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème.

Glitzy sets, big emotions and stirring music fill the stage in this romantic classic. This much-loved production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, plays its final season. Expose your soul to the feelings that only music can express.

Great Opera Hits

Sydney Opera House, 1 January-30 October

La Bohème

Sydney Opera House, 4 January-4 February

Glitzy sets, big emotions and stirring music fill the stage in this romantic classic. This much-loved production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, plays its final season. Expose your soul to the feelings that only music can express.

Turandot

Sydney Opera House, 12 January-14 March

Will our brave suitor melt the icy princess’ heart before the crescendo of the most famous aria of all time — ‘Nessun Dorma’? Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth set in a world where love and death go hand in hand.

The Marriage of Figaro

Sydney Opera House, 27 January-18 February

One of the most playful operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro is a classic comedy brimming with sex, lies and endless surprises. Mozart’s famous melodies will have you humming-along and singing the famous arias long after the curtain falls.

Otello

Sydney Opera House, 19 February-19 March

Shakespeare’s masterpiece gets the operatic treatment, with three great singers in three great roles. A cruel villain fans the flames of jealousy to destroy true love, causing great tragedy.

La Juive

Sydney Opera House, 9 March-26 March

When a young couple embark on a dangerous affair, their hearts and their beliefs are on the line. Foreshadowing the Holocaust, emotional epic La Juive presents impossible choices amongst bitter religious rivalries, impassioned arias and sacred choruses.

Maria Stuarda

Sydney Opera House, 23 March-25 March

Vocal fireworks ignite when Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko takes up the mantle of Joan Sutherland and Montserrat Caballé in a concert rendition of Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece. She’s joined by the Opera Australia Orchestra and Chorus, and a cast of international and local stars

The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour

Mrs Macquaries Point, 25 March-24 April

Experience the phenomenon as the Music of the Night resounds across Sydney Harbour. This dazzling new production is The Phantom of the Opera as you’ve never seen it before: under the stars, on the floating stage in front of the Sydney Opera House, with the Harbour Bridge and city skyline glittering in the background.

La Traviata

Arts Centre Melbourne, 4 May-28 May

Velvet dresses, lavish parties, rousing music and crowded sets, combined with romance and tragic endings. The world’s most popular opera puts a life we couldn’t possibly dream of on stage, combined with Verdi’s flying melodies and passionate duets between breaking hearts.

Lohengrin

Arts Centre Melbourne, 14 May-24 May

In this romance of mythical proportions, our Knight of the Swan rescues his damsel asking only one thing in return… She must never ask his name. Wagner’s score soars along shimmering strings and his enormous choruses seem voiced by a thousand angels.

Mefistofele

Arts Centre Melbourne, 25 May-27 May

Dance with the devil in this garden of demonic delights. Find out what makes Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto one of the greatest voices of all time as he delivers this rare concert rendition of Mefistofele with the Opera Australia Chorus and Orchestra celebrating both the sacred and profane.

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert

Melbourne Recital Centre, 1 June

Discover what makes Ferruccio Furlanetto one of the world’s most sought after singers in this one-night-only recital. With a voice that speaks volumes in every note, he traverses the emotional landscape of Brahms, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov before filling Melbourne Recital Centre with beloved bass arias from famous operas including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Don Carlo.

Madama Butterfly

Sydney Opera House, 29 June-30 July

Enchanted by the mysteries of Japan, American naval officer Pinkerton takes a beautiful young geisha for his wife, then callously departs the shores of her heart. Don’t miss renowned choreographer Graeme Murphy’s balletic reimagining of Puccini’s ultimate romantic tragedy.

La Traviata

Sydney Opera House, 5 July-4 November

Velvet dresses, lavish parties, rousing music and crowded sets, combined with romance and tragic endings. The world’s most popular opera puts a life we couldn’t possibly dream of on stage, combined with Verdi’s flying melodies and passionate duets between breaking hearts.

Il Trovatore

Sydney Opera House, 15 July-30 July

An opera of emotional extremes, Verdi’s Il Trovatore is a burning tale of gypsies, witchcraft, murder and vengeance that haunts across the ages. This bold new production features moving floor-to-ceiling LED screens and some of the world’s best voices.

The Phantom of the Opera

Sydney Opera House, 19 August-16 October

Experience the phenomenon as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musical comes to the Sydney Opera House. The Phantom of the Opera is a man of mystery, a deformed genius who finds his muse in Christine Daae. How many lives will he sacrifice to make her a star?

The Barber of Seville

Canberra Theatre Centre, 15 September-17 September

This delightful rollicking comedy took a young Rossini just 13 days to write. Playful energy sparkles through as many famous tunes as you can pack into two-and-a-half hours, with a story straight out of a Hollywood rom-com.

Cinderella

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 23 October-20 November

This lush production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella features incredible orchestrations, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

Attila

Sydney Opera House, 29 October-5 November

The King of the Huns meets his match… and she is a force to be reckoned with! Verdi’s Attila is one of the greatest revenge tales of all time. This blockbuster opera is driven by military rhythms and punctuated by acrobatic arias, all enhanced by colossal digital staging.

The Phantom of the Opera

Arts Centre Melbourne, 30 October-29 January

Experience the phenomenon as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musical comes to the Melbourne Arts Centre. The Phantom of the Opera is a man of mystery, a deformed genius who finds his muse in Christine Daae. How many lives will he sacrifice to make her a star?

Carmen on Cockatoo Island

25 November-18 December

A feisty, fearless heroine, a cocky bullfighter and a jealous lover bound by fate meet in the middle of Sydney Harbour for this spectacular outdoor event. Sail up to Cockatoo Island for an unforgettable night under the stars.

Wagner

Das Rheingold

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 1 December-15 December

In the space of a single, majestic, two-and-a-half hour musical span, Wagner immerses you in a mysterious, primordial world of scheming gods, misshapen dwarfs, alluring maidens, and fearsome monsters.

Wagner

Die Walküre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 3 December-10 December

The second opera in the Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.

Wagner

Siegfried

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 5 December-19 December

The Ring Cycle’s third part is intensely focused on the fortunes of a single figure. Siegfried charts the rise of the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde into the greatest hero of the age.

Verdi

Aida

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 6 December-20 December

Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic epic a popular favourite. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular.

Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 7 December-21 December

The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after love is betrayed by naked ambition and villains outsmart heroes.