HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
Carmen stamps her feet, tosses back her hair and draws you into her world. Men fall instantly under her spell, and once you’ve heard her sultry Habanera, you’ll fall for opera’s favourite femme fatale, too.
Take a harbourside setting with an unrivalled view of the famous Sydney skyline. Build a pop-up opera house, complete with bars, restaurants and tiered seating. Add a monumental set, colourful, eye-catching costumes, spectacular dance and an explosion of fireworks, and you’ve got a night like no other.
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 as dusk settles over the harbour.
Powerful voices sing those famous Spanish tunes, filling the night air with Spanish rhythms and fiery passion. Soldiers patrol, factory girls seduce shamelessly, glittering bullfighters parade and dancers pirouette their way across the stage as the captivating Carmen walks fearlessly towards a fate written in the cards.
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Carmen on Sydney Harbour in 2013
Watch the trailer for Carmen on Sydney Harbour
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: the experience
Listen to the Toreador song from Carmen
|Revival Director||Andy Morton|
|Assistant Director||Trent Kidd|
|Set Designer||Brian Thomson|
|Costume Designer||Julie Lynch|
|Lighting Desinger||John Rayment|
|Sound Designer||Tony David Cray|
|Fight Choreographer||Nigel Poulton|
|Carmen||Josè Maria Lo Monaco *|
|Sian Pendry †|
|Don José||Andeka Gorrotxategi *|
|Arnold Rutkowski †|
|Escamillo||Luke Gabbedy *|
|Michael Honeyman †|
|Micaëla||Natalie Aroyan *|
|Stacey Alleaume †|
* 24, 26, 29, 31 March; 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22 April
† 25, 28, 30 March; 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23 April
Approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes, including one 35-minute interval.
Performed in French with English subtitles.
Opera Australia Principal Partner
Opera Australia Government Partners
“It’s the perfect potion — the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera.”
— TIME OUT
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.
When walking from the train/bus remember that access to the venue via the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is only possible prior to 6pm. 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 you're 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 transportnsw.info.
The Domain Car
Park is the closest car park. From 4:30pm, a flat rate of $10 applies. The
carpark will be open until 1am during the performance season. A free shuttle
bus is available to guests who park in the Domain Car Park (see details below).
Parking spots for those with disability parking permits are located at the northern
end of the ground floor.
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 mpark.com.au.
Art Gallery Road, leading into the venue, is likely to experience traffic congestion. We highly recommend arranging an alternative drop off/meeting point.
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 9:50pm until midnight and stops at both the Art Gallery of NSW and the Domain Car Park.
The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour shuttle bus departs from the ground floor of the Domain Car Park and is wheelchair accessible.
H2O Water Taxis run a special service during the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour performance season.
Water taxis will depart regularly from Man O'War Jetty (next to Sydney Opera House) 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. Selected services will also pick up from Milsons Point Jetty.
After the performance, taxis will recommence for the return trip and make an additional drop-off stop only at Circular Quay. Tickets are $10 each way.
See the full timetable and maps of the drop off and pick up points at h2owatertaxis.com.au
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is an open-air and all-weather event
The venue, audience seating, and the stage are completely uncovered. 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 or unfavourable weather conditions. Please come prepared so that you are as comfortable as possible, and ready to support the performers, who will carry on singing in the rain.
Bring warm and waterproof clothing
Sydney weather is full of surprises so we recommend that you dress with this in mind and bring warm, weatherproof 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.
Performance pauses and cancellations
We will only cancel a performance during electrical storms (within 10km radius) or during times of extremely high winds and/or rain. The decision to cancel a performance is not made until 7.30pm or later and a cancellation may be called during the performance. So please plan to travel to the venue for a 7.30pm performance start time even in unfavourable weather conditions.
In some weather conditions Carmen may have a delayed start time or be paused for up to 50 minutes at any point throughout the performance.
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.
The site opens at 5pm. Plan to arrive early and savour a drink and something delicious while you watch the sun set over the harbour.
Five different restaurant and bar areas on site serve a range of foods to suit every appetite and budget, featuring the flavours of Spain’s diverse regions.
The Platinum Club is pop-up dining at its finest: an undercover restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour. The Club offers sit-down set-menu dining, a buffet, a dessert plate at interval and an interval drink option. Reservations are essential. See the menus on offer
Enjoy the delicious drama of paella cooked right in front of you over open flame. The Northern Terrace offers small bites and salads as well as vegetarian, seafood and chicken paella options. Dine with some of the best views on site as a backdrop. $8–26
Relax over drinks and a wide selection of tapas plates (small dishes of Spanish favourites designed to share). Three dishes start at a set price of $16. $8–$20
Cafe-style dining on the waterfront, serving share plates, substantial mains and desserts. $8–$28
Qantas Garden Bar
Small bites, street food and drinks beside the sea. $8–$18
Sparkling & Oyster Bars
Sweet and savoury delicacies, including oysters and sparkling wine are available from satellite carts throughout the venue. $8–$18
Please don't bring a picnic. Only food and beverages purchased on site can be consumed within the venue.
Drink and dine at the Platinum Club at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: an undercover restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour.
This is pop-up dining at its best: exclusive gourmet menus, table waiters, Tyrrell’s wines and dedicated restrooms.
Celebrate a luxurious evening for two or host an impressive night out with clients at the Platinum Club.
Pre-book your perfect dining experience:
PRE-PERFORMANCE DINNER $245 (from 5.30pm)
Indulge in three courses of mouth-watering Spanish delights, designed and prepared by the Platinum Club’s award-winning chefs. Each course is served with premium Tyrrell’s Wines. View the full menu.
PRE-PERFORMANCE BOQUERIA BUFFET $130 (from 6pm)
Try a bit of everything from a buffet laden with cured and smoked meats, empanada pastries, Spanish salads and delectable sweets. Waiters are on hand to top up your glass of select Tyrrell’s wines. This is a good value option to experience a range of Spanish flavours in the luxury of the Platinum Club. View the full menu.
INTERVAL DESSERT PLATE $60
Make a sweet retreat to the Platinum Club during interval for a delectable spread of Spanish-inspired desserts, paired with a glass of Tyrrell’s sparkling wine. View the full menu.
INTERVAL DRINK $25
Feel like a celebrity as you waltz past the bar queues - you’re heading straight to the Platinum Club. Kick back with a glass of Tyrrell’s wine against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The Platinum Club Bar has an exclusive menu of beverages and snack items available for purchase.
New Bookings: Simply add your dining or drinks selection to your cart after choosing your tickets to Carmen on Sydney Harbour.
Existing Bookings: sign in to your account and go to your 'Upcoming Performances' to add pre-show dining or interval drinks or phone our box office on 02 9318 8200.