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The Merry Widow on New Year's Eve

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The Merry Widow on New Year's Eve

2017
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Sway, smile and swoon your way through our delicious new production of The Merry Widow.

It’s an opulent party, all glitz and glamour and Parisian charm. It’s an old-fashioned romance, flirty and funny and fabulous. It’s a Viennese waltz and you know all the steps.

The Merry Widow is a “shimmering all-singing, all dancing Broadway style show” (The Sydney Morning Herald), a frothy comedy packed with familiar waltzes and tuneful melodies.

From the sumptuous Art Deco era costumes to the stunning, geometric sets, the show is “visually stunning … sometimes you simply don’t know where to look” (The Sydney Morning Herald).

The vivacious Danielle de Niese plays the bubbly, beautiful Hanna: newly wealthy, newly widowed, and suddenly the hottest catch in town. 

Graeme Murphy brings his signature brand of lively choreography and deft direction to the dance-packed score.

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.


If you don’t have tickets to the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of outdoor viewing areas you'll be able to access following the performance. Please note that these spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Some fireworks can be viewed from the Southern Foyers inside Sydney Opera House at midnight, but you may not have a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Conductor Vanessa Scammell
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
Valencienne Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon John Longmuir
Njegus Benjamin Rasheed
Alexis Kromov Richard Anderson
Dominik Bogdanovich Christopher Hillier
Sylviane Jane Ede 
Raoul de St. Brioche Graeme Macfarlane
Viscount Nicolas Cascada Luke Gabbedy
Olga Kromov Agnes Sarkis
Konrad Pritschich Tom Hamilton
Praskovia  Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra 


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 55 minutes, including two intervals.


While our parties may be sold out, seats are still available for The Merry Widow on New Year's Eve. 

Pre-Performance Dinner $399 (SOLD OUT)

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 (SOLD OUT)

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 (SOLD OUT)

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.


Important Times

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.

Foyers (6:00pm)

The foyers of the Concert Hall will be open from 6pm.

The Merry Widow (8pm)

The performance commences at 8pm, 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 

If you have a ticket for the Midnight Party, please head to the Northern Foyer to queue for entry immediately following the performance. The Midnight Party concludes at approximately 1:30am and the venue will close shortly after. 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.
The StoryHide

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...

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis.

Act I

The Pontevedrian embassy, Paris.The Balkan state of Pontevedro is facing financial ruin. Its best hope is that Hanna Glavari, a young rich widow, should marry a Pontevedrian and keep her fortune in Pontevedro, rather than risk marrying a Parisian and losing the money to France. The Pontevedrian Embassy holds a state ball to which Hanna and her former lover, Danilo Danilovich are invited. Before her marriage into wealth, Hanna was a poor farm girl whom Danilo’s uncle forbade him to marry. Now the pressure is on to reunite them in marriage. But as Danilo loved the poor farm girl, can he love the wealthy widow?

Act II

Hanna’s home in Paris, the next day. Hanna holds a Pontevedrian party. Valencienne, the young wife of the Pontevedrian ambassador, Baron Zeta, continues a fragile romance with a young Frenchman, Camille, who has written a dangerous confession of love on her fan. The intrigue deepens when Hanna and Camille are discovered in the summer house and the hope of her reunion with Danilo appears doomed.

Act III

Maxim’s Nightclub, later the same evening. Hanna has reserved the popular nightspot, where she sparks Danilo’s anger by her coquettish antics with the grisettes. The various love intrigues are resolved by vital discoveries about Valencienne’s fan - and the will of Hanna’s late husband!

 

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, however we suggest you don’t arrive before 4:30pm. The Southern Foyers will be open from 6pm, unless you have booked the 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.

Cloak rooms

There are facilities to cloak your bags inside the Sydney Opera House.

9pm fireworks

The interval has been specifically timed to coincide with the 9pm fireworks. Ticket holders can 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.

Midnight fireworks

If you are not attending the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of viewing areas you'll be able to access after 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 to 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 mobility issues, however entry to the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve can be difficult and needs careful prior planning. Any guests with access needs, particularly those with mobility support needs, must contact Sydney Opera House on 02 9250 7777 before 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 nyedisability@cityofsydney.nsw. gov.au.

Due to the extensive road closures around the city, driving is not encouraged. However, if you are driving, to access the Sydney Opera House car park you will need to be parked by 10am on 31 December.

Exit from the car park will not be possible until at least 4am or later on 1 January due to road closures surrounding the Sydney Opera House. For Sydney Opera House car park information contact 02 9247 7599.

With over 4,500 extra trains, buses, light rail and ferry services, public transport is the best way to travel this New Year’s Eve. Many roads are closed in the Sydney CBD, harbour foreshore, and various council areas; the city is no place for cars.

To assist you with planning ahead, view the list of road closures.

Please approach the Sydney Opera House on foot along the Eastern side of Macquarie Street. Access may not be available from Circular Quay along the harbour front.

The closest taxi rank is near Hyde Park

Taxis cannot be booked to pick up in areas where there are road closures. If you wish to travel home by taxi, the closest secure taxi rank is located approximately a two-kilometre walk from Sydney Opera House, on Liverpool Street, between Wentworth Avenue and Elizabeth Street, south of Hyde Park.

See sydneynewyearseve.com for details.

Have your tickets ready to show at ticket checkpoints

All patrons should enter via the Macquarie Street checkpoint. Ticket holders are required to show their tickets at security checkpoints to gain access to the Sydney Opera House precinct.

Pre-booked tickets will be available for collection at the Sydney Opera House Box Office Marquee on Macquarie Street (up from the checkpoint near Bridge Street) from 10am. 

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, however we suggest you don’t arrive before 4:30pm. The Southern Foyers will be open from 6pm, unless you have booked the pre-performance dinner

Dress code

While there is no formal dress code for New Year’s Eve, we encourage you to dress up and make a special night of it! A cloak room is available if you wish to check your items. 

Cloak rooms

There are facilities to cloak your bags inside the Sydney Opera House.

Is there a map of the venue?

Yes! Download our map of the Sydney Opera House

Security Requirements

All bags will be checked at site entry points. Please be prepared to have your bags checked. Prohibited items will be removed.

Any other questions?

Read our ultimate guide to going to the opera, review the important information for The Merry Widow and the Opera Gala, contact our friendly box office on 02 9318 8200 or email customerservice@opera.org.au.

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