Mazda Opera in the Domain


Mazda Opera in the Domain

The Domain - Sydney

Sydneysiders know how to have fun at the opera, whether it’s at the world’s most iconic theatre, on the harbour ooh-ing and ahh-ing at fireworks bursting over a waterborne stage, or at that beloved Sydney tradition, Opera in the Domain.

The most famous arias, under the stars - for free.

Every year we head to the park in our thousands to hear our brightest stars, under the stars and anyone who claims opera is an elitist art form should look at the size of the crowd at this cultural, communal celebration.

It’s time to crack a beer with the barber of Seville; toast La Traviata, and share some Pavlova with Pagliacci and experience a midsummer night’s dream that brings opera to the people.

Dress up – or not – it’s your night to enjoy powerful, impassioned voices soaring over a full  orchestra in opera’s most celebrated arias and duets. Good times.

'Overture' from Carmen (Bizet)
'Habanera' from Carmen (Bizet)
'Parle moi de ma mère' from Carmen (Bizet)
'Toreador Song' from Carmen (Bizet)
'Flower Song' from Carmen (Bizet)
'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
'Condotta ell’era in ceppi' from Il Trovatore (Verdi)
'Te Deum' from Tosca (Puccini)
'Ah, fors’ è lui… Follie! Follie!… Sempre libera' from La traviata (Verdi)
'Overture' from William Tell (Rossini)
'Les oiseaux dans la charmille' from The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
'Un bel di' from Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
'Tutti fior' from Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
'Overture' from La Forza del destino (Verdi)
'Pace, pace mio Dio' from La Forza del destino (Verdi)
'Au fond due temple saint' from The Pearlfishers (Bizet)
'Glitter and be gay' from Candide (Bernstein)
'Nessun dorma' from Turandot (Puccini)
Food, beverage and seating

A range of food and beverages is available in the Domain from early afternoon to the end of the evening , or you can bring your own picnic.

For the comfort of the audience high chairs and beach umbrellas are not allowed and, to protect the lawns, plastic sheeting and ice are not permitted on the grass. 



Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Host Christopher Lawrence
Performers Lorina Gore
  Daria Masiero
  Jacqueline Dark
  Bradley Daley
  Shane Lowrencev

This is a free event. Bookings are not required.

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We look forward to welcomign you to Mazda Opera in the Domain. 

Read on for some important information to help ensure your evening goes smoothly.

Important times
Entry: Free event (not ticketed)
Gates open from 4:00pm 
Concert starts at 8:00pm and concludes at approximately 10:00pm
Getting to the venue and public transport
We encourage you to use public transport to get to and from this event. 
The nearest station is Martin Place. Other stations close to the Royal Botanic Gardens are St James and Circular Quay.
An easy walk of approximately 10-15 minutes from Circular Quay.
The 441 (Balmain via QVB Building) leaves York Street, Town Hall on weekdays, 10 am to 5 pm, stopping outside the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sydney Explorer Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route and the 200 (Chatswood to Bondi) stops in Macquarie Street.
Over 30 clearly marked, dedicated motorcycle parking spaces free of charge and not time limited. If a motorcyclist chooses to park in a marked metered space he/she is required to pay for the parking and observe the time limits for that area.

There is metered parking along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street. Undercover parking is available at the Domain Car Park, Sydney Hospital, the Sydney Opera House and in Macquarie Street.
Enacon Parking (at the end of Cathedral Road), $10 flat rate after 5pm and closes at midnight. The Domain Car Park (extry from St Mary’s Road), $15 flat rate all day and closes at 12am.  
This system available at the Botanic Gardens, allowing patrons to top-up their parking metre from their smartphone, without leaving their seat. You need to register to use mPARK. Registration is free and is required only once. Parking can be charged to your Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. For more info click here.   

Directions and traffic conditions
For directions from your home to the Garden, and current traffic conditions, phone the Roads & Traffic Authority on 132 701 or visit Live Traffic NSW.
Food and Drink
A range of food and beverages is available at the venue. 
Free Coffee for Mazda drivers!
If you are a the owner of a  Mazda and attending the event, just head to the coffee cart at Mazda Opera in the Domain, and present your Mazda car key to redeem one free regular coffee, courtesy of Mazda! (available only on Saturday 1 February 2014). 
What to wear

There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always fun to frock-up for the occasion, but dressing up is not mandatory. Remember this is an outdoor event, and you will be sitting on the ground, so most importantly you should dress for all weather conditions.

Cloak Room

There are no cloak room facilities available.  We recommend that you do not bring large or bulky items or items of significant value. 


Mazda Opera in the Domain is General Admission - you can sit wherever you can find a spot. There is no undercover seating.  Beach mats, towels, blankets and the ground beach chairs are permitted for you to bring to sit on for the performance. Please note: For the comfort of the audience high chairs and beach umbrellas are not allowed and, to protect the lawns, plastic sheeting and ice are not permitted on the grass. 

Connect with us

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Opera Australia is committed to the rights of all people to experience our events. For comprehensive information about accessibility at the Domain, please see hereThe Domain is part of the Royal Botanic Garden. Most areas of the Royal Botanic Garden are wheelchair accessible, other than the steep paths and stairs. Accessible routes and toilets in the Garden are signposted and shown on this map - click to view



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