Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 16 June—12 August
The ultimate femme fatale is here to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 19 July—13 August
Mozart's opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other's lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet. Absurd? Yes, but Mozart's luminous music takes the absurd and makes it sublime.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 July—13 August
Boccanegra is a powerful man with a great tragedy in his past: 25 years earlier, his young lover died and their baby mysteriously disappeared. Just as he thinks he might have found his daughter, his enemies start to move against him.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 August
Destination NSW in association with the producers of My Fair Lady are pleased to announce that stage and film icon, Julie Andrews, will be sharing the stage with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, for an intimate conversation hosted by esteemed journalist Jane Hutcheon.
Lerner & Loewe
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 30 August—5 November
Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Julie Andrews.
John & Watkins
Forecourt, Sydney Opera House, 28 October—5 November
The architect walked out. The Premier died. The costs ballooned, and the years marched on. Building the Sydney Opera House is a story with more twists and turns than an opera. See it performed outdoors on the steps of the Sydney Opera House with the building itself as the set: a momentous performance on and about the world’s most famous building.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 21 November—9 December
The Ring Cycle opens with this magnificent prelude. 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.
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, 22—27 November
Designed to introduce young audiences to the wonder, passion and drama of opera, this 50-minute family opera explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself by reimagining the much-loved story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and setting it to the glorious melodies of Bizet's Carmen.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 23 November—12 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’. After Das Rheingold’s rarefied realm of gods, monsters and nature spirits, in Die Walküre Wagner plunges headlong into the highly emotional world of humanity.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 25 November—14 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.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 28 November—16 December
The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 December—26 March
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
Step into the the Sydney Opera House's magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with fireworks and champagne at interval.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House, then settle back for an evening with Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello and Musetta in Puccini's La bohème.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 4 January—27 February
Nearly 120 years after Puccini wrote his smash-hit La Bohème, this story of first love still tops the list of most performed operas around the world. Perhaps the tale of four friends living for their art reminds us of a person we weren't brave enough to become. Perhaps Puccini's talent for capturing emotion in music takes us back to the first time we felt love stir in our hearts.
Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 24 March—23 April
This is Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: the cultural event of the year. At sunset, gather with friends over a glass of something sparkling and a sumptuous Spanish meal before settling back to enjoy our vivacious, vivid production of Bizet’s Carmen.