The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.
Australian-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertant heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.
Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.
Other performances of The Merry Widow during the 2018 Sydney Summer season will be available for sale as part of an Opera Australia subscription from August. Sign up to our e-newsletter to find out when we announce our full 2018 season.
New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House
New Year's Eve is the night when Sydney puts on the bling, kicks up its heels and shows the world what a gorgeous thing it is, as a festival of fire explodes across the midnight sky.
Ringside seats to the greatest show on earth are hard to come by, but we've saved some great ones, and you're invited.
Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House.
Choose to settle back for an evening with The Merry Widow.
Then, with a heart full of song, watch the fireworks the whole world watches. Interval is timed for the 9pm fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks.
There’s nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year’s Eve and there’s nowhere closer to the action than Sydney Opera House. Make this your most glamorous and memorable New Year ever.
For the best viewing of the midnight fireworks, book tickets to the exclusive Midnight Party, overlooking Sydney Harbour with fantastic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you’re unable to attend the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of viewing areas you'll be able to access following the performance. Please note that these spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House
Jennifer Irwin's dazzling costume designs for The Merry Widow
Listen to 'Vilja Song' from The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow at West Australian Opera in 2017
|Director & Choreographer||Graeme Murphy|
|Creative Associate||Janet Vernon|
|Set Designer||Michael Scott-Mitchell|
|Costume Designer||Jennifer Irwin|
|Lighting Designer||Damien Cooper|
|Sound Designer||Tony David Cray|
|Assistant Director & Choreographer||Shane Placentino|
|Assistant Director||Matthew Barclay|
|English Translation||Justin Fleming|
|Hanna Glavari||Danielle de Niese|
|Danilo Danilovich||Alexander Lewis|
|Baron Mirko Zeta||David Whitney|
|Camille de Rosillon||John Longmuir|
|Alexis Kromov||Richard Anderson|
|Dominik Bogdanovich||Christopher Hillier|
|Raoul de St. Brioche||Graeme Macfarlane|
|Viscount Cascada||Luke Gabbedy|
|Olga Kromov||Agnes Sarkis|
|Konrad Pritschich||Tom Hamilton|
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 35 minutes, including one interval.
Sung in English.
Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party after you select your seats for The Merry Widow on New Year's Eve.
Pre-Performance Dinner $399
Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine to a three-course menu, designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, matched with Katnook Coonawarra wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer from 5:30pm. Add this option to your cart after you've selected your seats for The Merry Widow.
Midnight Party $329
Canapés, drinks and live entertainment from 10:30pm, with views of the midnight fireworks from the Northern Foyers. Add this option to your cart after you've selected your seats for The Merry Widow.
Platinum Package $1,399
Pre-performance dinner, Premium seats at The Merry Widow, a program, drink at interval, and the Midnight Party. Choose Platinum Package seats when booking online, or call +61 2 9318 8200. If you select Platinum seats, there's no need to add pre-performance dinner or the Midnight Party to your cart.
Pre-Performance Dinner (5:30pm)
The Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre will open for pre-performance dinner patrons at 5pm. Dinner commences at 5:30pm.
The foyers of the Concert Hall will be open from 6pm.
The Merry Widow (8pm)
The performance commences at 8pm and runs until approximately 10:30pm, with interval timed for the 9pm fireworks. Please be aware that this event is very popular, so the Northern Foyer balconies will be crowded during the fireworks.
Midnight Party (10:30pm)
The party commences immediately after the performance in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall and finishes at approximately 1:30am. Please be aware that this event is very popular, so the balconies will be crowded during the fireworks.
This production of The Merry Widow was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia's national partnership of professional opera companies.
Sydney Opera House Foyers will open from 6pm
We understand that you want to leave plenty of time to arrive at the Sydney Opera House on such a special night but arrival before 4:30pm is not encouraged. Foyers will be open from 6pm, unless you have booked a pre-performance dinner.
Where do Opera Australia's New Year's Eve events take place at Sydney Opera House?
Take a look at our map of the Sydney Opera House.
There are facilities to cloak your bags inside the Sydney Opera House.
The interval has been specifically timed to coincide with the 9pm fireworks. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to access exclusive viewing areas which take in all aspects of the world famous Sydney Harbour fireworks display.
All foyer bars will be operational at interval.
If you are not attending the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of viewing
areas you'll be able to access following the performance. Please note that these
spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Theatre bars will be open and a
range of beverages as well as hot and cold foods will be available for purchase.
Northern Foyer balconies
Please be aware that this event is very popular, so the balconies will be crowded during the fireworks.
We warmly welcome patrons with specific mobility requirements. However, entry to the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Eve can be challenging and needs careful prior planning. Any guests with specific needs, and particularly those with mobility support requirements must contact Sydney Opear House on 02 9250 7777 prior to the event to help plan their evening at the Sydney Opera House.
Patrons who require information about accessible transport should contact the Sydney New Year's Eve Accessibility Officer on 02 9265 9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tiny state of Pontevedro is bankrupt. Their only hope of financial salvation lies in Hanna, a beautiful widow who inherited her husband's fortune after just eight days of marriage.
The Pontevedrians must convince her to marry a local, lest she take her fortune to foreign shores.
But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and there are many twists and turns on the road to falling in love again...