Roberto Devereux


Roberto Devereux

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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We’ve cancelled all performances of Roberto Deveruex at Sydney Opera House due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, you'll receive an email with details about how to refund or exchange your tickets.

Updated Monday 11 May.

Elizabeth ruled her country. But she couldn’t rule his heart.

Elizabeth has been the Virgin Queen too long. She relishes the attention of a younger courtier: the ambitious Roberto Devereux. But Devereux stands accused of treason. Elizabeth has to choose between her country and her heart.

This tale of love, lust and betrayal in the Tudor royal court strays a long way from history, but makes a sensational plot. Add Donizetti’s luxurious music, a brilliant cast and an extraordinary new production, and it becomes a must-see.

Davide Livermore (Aida, Anna Bolena) incorporates exciting digital technology to draw you into Elizabeth’s world. Floor-to-ceiling LED panels move across the stage to transform the set. Detailed period costumes offer a glimpse into Tudor times.

Jennifer Rowley, a Metropolitan Opera favourite, makes her debut as Elizabeth I. Elena Maximova is her secret rival, Sarah. Attala Ayan performs as the ill-fated title character. Paolo Carignani conducts.

Enjoy dinner before the opera at Sydney Opera House

Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland
         Theatre at Sydney Opera HouseAllow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $72, including a glass of Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco on arrival. View the menu.

Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, simply sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a dinner reservation.

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Paolo Carignani


Davide Livermore

Assistant Director Andy Morton

Set Designer

Giò Forma

Costume Designer

Mariana Fracasso

Lighting Designer

John Rayment

Digital Content



Elizabeth I, Queen of England

Jennifer Rowley

Sarah, Duchess of Nottingham

Elena Maximova

Roberto Devereux

Atalla Ayan

Duke of Nottingham

Shane Lowrencev

Lord Cecil

Virgilio Marino

Sir Walter Raleigh

Richard Anderson

Page Ryan Sharp
Notthingham's Servant Alexander Hargreaves

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 25 minutes, including one interval.

Principal Patron

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The StoryHide

Queen Elizabeth sends one of her favourite courtiers, Robert Devereux, on a mission to Ireland. Defying her orders, he makes peace with the Irish rebels.

Her jealous advisors seize the opportunity and demand she execute him for treason.

Elizabeth loves Devereux, and resists signing his death warrant.

But when she learns she’s caught up in a love triangle will Elizabeth choose her country or her heart?

Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 90 minutes before your performance begins at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $72, including a glass of Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.

Sample menu

On arrival

A glass of NV Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco

Warm bread roll, pepe saya butter (gluten free available)


Salmon ceviche with raw daikon, pickled kohlrabi, shiso and rice crackers GF, DF


Calabrese salad, heirloom tomato, almond ricotta, confit shallot vinaigrette, olives and basil DF, GF, VG

Main Course

Roasted chicken supreme, butternut pumpkin, roasted pepita crumble and burnt butter GF


Spiced cauliflower, crushed roasted eggplant and tomato, cumin and green grape, chilli chutney V, GF


Young leaves and watercress with lemon vinaigrette GF, DF, V


Dulce de leche centred chocolate fondant with spiced whipped cream V



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