Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12—28 November
The Countess loves the Count, but the Count is keen on Susanna, who's engaged to Figaro, who finds himself in a whirl of longing, comeuppance, and total, utter madness.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 21—28 November
Italian opera meets the Australian outback when Donizetti's tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl returns in this cheeky production directed by Simon Phillips.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 December—20 March
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 30 December—16 January
Julie Taymor's (The Lion King) fantabulous production of The Magic Flute returns for the summer holidays. Shortened and sung in English, full of dancing puppets, colourful costumes and enchanting music, this production is a marvellous way to introduce children to the magical world 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.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 3—28 May
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 2 January—23 March
A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher are having a night on the town. It's Christmas Eve and the poet has just felt the first pangs of great love. When a seamstress knocks on his door searching for candlelight, the pair fall in love faster than she can sing, "Yes, they call me Mimì..."
Miller-Heidke, Katz & Grandage
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 14—24 January
Some of Australia's foremost creative talents have adapted Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s captivating story into a new opera for children and families. The result is "a triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story", wrote The Guardian.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 7—28 May
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 15 January—12 March
The Pearlfishers paints a picture of paradise, of golden sands and colourful silks. That soul-stirring, chart-topping Pearlfishers duet is just one highlight of a beautiful score.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 January—22 March
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.
A cast of great voices and high spirits play among a marvellous set of cartoonish proportions — a world inspired by 1920s silent films.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 16—27 May
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 11—29 February
Who is Luisa Miller? A woman in love, a woman in anguish — trapped by a man she does not love and a father who loves her too much. And to play her, a woman finding international stardom: Australian soprano Nicole Car, making another role debut after her successes in Europe.
Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 24 March—24 April
In 2016, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot: a story of a death-marked love told with salt in the air, light on the sails and the city skyline reflected in your glass. It's the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets and sparkling wine, in perfect harmony. Join us at the water’s edge in a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.
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, 22 June—9 July
Take a melancholy prince, a cantankerous witch and the curse of a love strange and strong: an unquenchable passion of unusual fashion for not just one orange, but three! Add an infectious march, some fantastical farce and a kingdom of curious characters, and you have Prokofiev's surreal, screwball fairytale for adults.
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.
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 Dame 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, 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.