Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries PointMarch 27 – April 26, 2015
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Fri 27.3.15
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Sat 28.3.15
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Sun 29.3.15
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Tue 31.3.15
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Wed 1.4.15
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Thu 2.4.15
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Sat 4.4.15
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Sun 5.4.15
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Tue 7.4.15
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Wed 8.4.15
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Thu 9.4.15
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Fri 10.4.15
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Sat 11.4.15
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Sun 12.4.15
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Tue 14.4.15
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Please note that this performance will be filmed for DVD and cinema release. 

Wed 15.4.15
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Thu 16.4.15
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Please note that this performance will be filmed for DVD and cinema release. 

Fri 17.4.15
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Sat 18.4.15
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Sun 19.4.15
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Tue 21.4.15
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Wed 22.4.15
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Thu 23.4.15
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Fri 24.4.15
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Sat 25.4.15
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Sun 26.4.15
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In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

What grander setting could there be for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself: awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun?

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become a huge part of the cultural landscape, combining all of the things Sydney does best: world-class opera, fine dining, sunsets and spectacle on the harbour's edge.

It's a monumental undertaking, with a team of more than 700 people involved in the project before a single note is heard over the harbour.

Aida is the biggest opera we've ever performed on the opera stage. But amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Long after the fireworks have faded from the sky and Amneris sings her quiet, concluding prayer, you'll see the true mastery of this opera: it is at once an historic epic and an utterly relatable human tragedy (read the story).


A setting like this demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous 'Triumphal March' with Egyptians en masse will light up the waters of Sydney's magnificent harbour.

Dining & drinks at The Platinum Club

The Platinum Club looks over Sydney harbourThe Platinum Club is an exclusive undercover restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner, the pre-performance bar with mezze, cheese and desserts, or interval drinks while the sun sets over the world's most magnificent harbour.

Simply add your dining or drinks selection to your cart after choosing your tickets to Aida on Sydney Harbour.

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CONDUCTOR Brian Castles-Onion
DIRECTOR Gale Edwards

Andy Morton
Kate Gaul


Latonia Moore*
Daria Masiero¤

RADAMÈS Roberto Aronica*
Arnold Rawls¤
AMNERIS Milijana Nikolic*
Jacqueline Dark¤
AMONASRO Michael Honeyman*
Warwick Fyfe¤
RAMFIS David Parkin*
Conal Coad¤
THE KING Gennadi Dubinsky
MESSENGER Benjamin Rasheed

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus



Strategic Partner

Destination NSW

Principal Partner

Broadcast Partner

702 ABC Sydney

Opera Australia Principal Partner


Opera Australia Government Partners


The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes, including one 35-minute interval.

Performed in Italian with English translations.

The StoryHide

A rebellion is brewing on Egypt’s borders, and for both the oppressor and the oppressed, loves and loyalties are about to be tested.

Egypt needs a hero to lead their army, and the High Priest has chosen Radamès. Egypt’s fortunes will turn on his sword, but Radamès has a higher purpose. Through victory in battle, he hopes to win the hand of the beautiful slave girl Aida – handmaiden to the princess Amneris, and secretly, an Ethiopian princess.

Aida is torn between her love for the Egyptian hero and her despair for the country he must march against – her homeland.

And the Princess Amneris, who also desires Radamès, is beginning to have suspicions that her hero might prefer her slave…

As Radamès returns to Egypt in triumph, Aida is greeted with a terrible sight – her father, the King of Ethiopia, is among the slaves.

Just when all seems lost, the King of Egypt deals another blow: promising the triumphant Radamès his daughter Amneris’ hand.

On the banks of the Nile, the lovers arrange to meet one last time.

But the conquered Ethiopian King has a plan to save his country. Aida has to make a devastating choice.

In the darkness, the King’s plan, Aida’s conflicted heart and Radamès’ steadfast love collide in a devastating finale.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is located at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney.

Venue map (pdf)

Surrounding Area map (pdf)

Mrs Macquaries Road, leading into the venue, is likely to experience traffic congestion. We highly recommend avoiding this road by catching public transport or parking in surrounding car parks and then catching our free shuttle bus.  Or, be delivered right to the Point in style by catching a water taxi.

Public transport

When walking from the train/bus remember that access to the venue via the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is only possible prior to 6:30pm in March and 6pm in April. After this time, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is closed from all entrances and not possible to walk through.

The nearest train stations are:

St James: approximately a 16-minute walk* (1.3 km)

Martin Place: approximately an 18-minute walk* (1.5 km)

Circular Quay: approximately a 29-minute walk* (2.3 km)

* These linked maps and estimated walk times use routes outside of The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney; if walking before the Garden gates close (prior to 6.30pm in March and 6pm in April), using a route through the Garden will save time.  

Bus route 200 stops on Macquarie Street. View the timetable.

All schedules, times and dates can be viewed at the


The Domain Car Park is the closest undercover car park. Details on rates and times can be found at

There is metered parking along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street. Meters accept cash, credit card or payment by mobile phone. You need to register to pay with your mobile phone at

Shuttle bus 

The pre-performance shuttle service starts at 4:30pm until 7:30pm and loops from the Domain Car Park (departing from Sir John Young Crescent on the ground floor) to the venue entrance on Mrs Macquaries Road.

The post-performance shuttle service starts from 10:15pm until midnight and stops at both the Art Gallery of NSW and the Domain Car Park.

View shuttle bus drop-off and pick-up points (pdf)

View shuttle pick-up point at the Domain Car Park (pdf)

Water taxi

Aussie Water Taxis run a special service during the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour performance season.

Taxis will depart regularly from pick up points at Man O'War Jetty (next to Sydney Opera House) and Milsons Point, from 4.30pm until 7.30pm and drop off at The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool wharf in Woolloomooloo Bay, which is a 3 minute walk to the venue. After the performance, taxis will recommence at 10:15pm for the return trip. Tickets are $10 each way.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is an open-air event. The venue and the stage are completely uncovered and there is a certain risk of bad weather. The event is an all-weather experience and Opera Australia is committed to going ahead with a performance of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour even in doubtful weather conditions.

While we endeavour to perform in all weather conditions, we will cancel a performance during electrical storms (within 10km radius) or during times of extremely high winds and/or extremely heavy rain.  The decision to cancel a performance is not made until 7.30pm or later and a cancellation may be called during the performance. Please plan to travel to the venue for a 7.30pm performance start time even in doubtful weather conditions.

Sydney weather is full of surprises so we recommend that guests dress with this in mind and bring warm and rainproof clothing. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the venue, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.

In some cases due to weather conditions, Aida may have a delayed start time or be delayed by up to 50 minutes at any point throughout the performance.  When delaying a performance, Opera Australia must consider the safety of its performers in calling a performance stop.

If a performance is cancelled prior to interval, ticket holders can exchange the ticket for a subsequent performance or have the ticket price refunded in full.  Customers should contact the organisation from whom they purchased their tickets (i.e. Opera Australia / Ticketmaster / Sydney Opera House) to organise an exchange or refund the next business day.

Auxiliary expenses including travel, accommodation or hospitality which you have arranged in conjunction with the performance are at your own risk and not refundable by Opera Australia.

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The Platinum Club at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is an undercover restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour.

This is pop-up at its most magnificent.

Guests who pre-book for the Platinum Club access bespoke dining and menus not available elsewhere on site, and beat the queues with dedicated wait staff and restroom facilities. Platinum Club tickets holders also have exclusive access to the Club after the performance.

The Platinum Club is guaranteed to impress your date, friends or business clients.

Select from these pre-performance and interval options:


A North African-inspired three-course dinner with premium wines. The Platinum Club’s award-winning chefs serve you an exquisite menu with options including Coriander Spiced Salmon Gravadlax, 12 Hour Slow Cooked Lamb, Caramelised Fig Pavlova, and other delicacies. View the full menu.

PRE-PERFORMANCE BAR $110 (from 6pm)

Enjoy Tyrrell’s Wines and an exquisite signature buffet in the Platinum Club Bar, including a mezze selection, cheeses and desserts. View the full menu.


Escape the queues and enjoy interval drinks in the exclusive Platinum Club.


New Bookings: Simply add your dining or drinks selection to your cart after choosing your tickets to Aida on Sydney Harbour.

Existing Bookings: If you have already purchased tickets, phone our box office on 02 9318 8200 to add your dining or drinks options.