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The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve

The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve

2018
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Step into the Sydney Opera House's magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks at interval.


New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House

The best New Years Eve of your life is waiting at the Sydney Opera House this summer.

Put on some bling, kick up your heels and head out the door. Leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the sails.

Enjoy drinks or a wonderful meal overlooking Sydney Harbour before you head inside to while away the hours until the festival of fire, watching the romantic La Bohème or a gala concert of opera hits.  

Then watch the fireworks the whole world wants to see from the best vantage point in Sydney—through the glass-fronted sails of the Sydney Opera House.

We’ve done all the planning for you, so you can relax and enjoy the memories you’re making.

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.

So go on, make this your most glamorous New Year ever.


Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
director Johanna Puglisi
lighting designer Paul Collison
sound designer Tony David Cray
   
hosted by Christopher Lawrence
   
Starring Natalie Aroyan
  Stacey Alleaume
  Sian Pendry
  Diego Torre
  José Carbó

 


Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one 20-minute interval.


Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for the Opera Gala on New Year's Eve.

Pre-Performance Dinner $399
Midnight Party $349 (sold out)
Platinum Package $1,422 (sold out) 

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 Opera Gala (7:45pm)

The performance commences at 7:45pm, 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)

Canapés, drinks and live entertainment, with views of the spectacular midnight fireworks in Sydney Harbour. Please note that while viewing of the fireworks from the foyer is guaranteed, space outside on the balcony will be limited.


Fireworks

Please be aware that this event is very popular, so the balconies will be crowded during the fireworks.

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.

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.

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.

You can collect pre-booked tickets at the Sydney Opera House Box Office marquee on Macquarie Street (up from the checkpoint near Bridge Street) from 10am.

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.

Security requirements

All bags will be checked at site entry points. Please be prepared to have your bags checked. Prohibited items will be removed. There are facilities to cloak your bags inside the Sydney Opera House.

Public transport is recommended

Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve, with main roads closed in the Sydney CBD. 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.

Train: Extra trains will be running to and from the city. The nearest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Wynyard. Please note, trains will not stop at Circular Quay between 6pm and 1am.

Bus: From 2pm to 6pm, Circular Quay services begin and end at Martin Place. From 6pm, temporary bus stops will be in place throughout the city. Extra buses will operate on some routes. Road closures in the city may mean that your bus stop will be moved.

Ferry: Extra services will run until the harbour exclusion zone is in force. During the exclusion zone, ferry services will not run.

Visit transportnsw.info for advice and timetables.

If driving, arrive before 10am

Due to the extensive road closures around the city, we don’t recommend driving. If you drive, you must park in the Sydney Opera House car park by 10am on 31 December. You cannot exit the car park 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.

The nearest 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. Further details at sydneynewyearseve.com.

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.

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