What’s On

The Phantom of the Opera

Sydney Opera House, 21 September-16 October

Experience the phenomenon as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musical comes to the Sydney Opera House. The Phantom of the Opera is a man of mystery, a deformed genius who finds his muse in Christine Daae. How many lives will he sacrifice to make her a star?

La Traviata

Sydney Opera House, 22 October-4 November

Velvet dresses, lavish parties, rousing music and crowded sets, combined with romance and tragic endings. The world’s most popular opera puts a life we couldn’t possibly dream of on stage, combined with Verdi’s flying melodies and passionate duets between breaking hearts.

Cinderella

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 23 October-8 January

This lush production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella features incredible orchestrations, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

Attila

Sydney Opera House, 29 October-5 November

The King of the Huns meets his match… and she is a force to be reckoned with! Verdi’s Attila is one of the greatest revenge tales of all time. This blockbuster opera is driven by military rhythms and punctuated by acrobatic arias, all enhanced by colossal digital staging.

Great Opera Hits

Sydney Opera House, 30 October

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

The Phantom of the Opera

Arts Centre Melbourne, 30 October-29 January

Experience the phenomenon, when Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production comes to Arts Centre Melbourne. The Phantom of the Opera is a man of mystery, a deformed genius who finds his muse in Christine Daae. How many lives will he sacrifice to make her a star?

 

Carmen on Cockatoo Island

25 November-18 December

Sydney’s new outdoor summer spectacular. Experience a live performance like no other in one of Sydney’s most stunning locations.

New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, 31 December

Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House, then settle back for an evening of opera’s most beautiful music, at the Opera Gala Concert. Make this your most glamorous New Year ever.

Great Opera Hits

Sydney Opera House, 1 January-17 March

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

Don Giovanni

Sydney Opera House, 5 January-17 February

The serial seducer is on the loose again. See Mozart’s hit opera in this dark and gothic production by David McVicar. Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine.

La Bohème

Sydney Opera House, 12 January-11 March

Glitzy sets, big emotions and stirring music fill the stage in this romantic classic. This much-loved production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, plays its final season. Expose your soul to the feelings that only music can express.

Chorus!

Sydney Opera House, 4 February-10 March

Hear the lyrical beauty and power of 48 choristers coming together to explore vast musical terrains through the emotional language of song. Showcasing famous choral pieces by the legends of opera, including Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.

Michael Fabiano in Concert

Melbourne Recital Centre, 12 February

Michael Fabiano has wowed audiences worldwide with his dashing vocal heroics and ringing top notes. Experience this uniquely passionate and charismatic artist in an exclusive, one-night-only Melbourne concert.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Sydney Opera House, 20 February-7 March

The story of a real-life celebrity scandal set to heart-racing music and performed by a star-filled cast. See the Australian premiere of this collaboration with international opera house.

Roberto Devereux in Concert

Sydney Opera House, 16 March-18 March

Elizabeth I has to choose between her country and her heart in this intimate royal drama. Donizetti’s Tudor queens return with these concert performances of Roberto Devereux, two nights only.

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

Mrs Macquaries Point, 24 March-23 April

Fireworks light up the sky every night. A giant moon and rising sun float in the harbour. The music sparkles with joy and heartache. Don’t miss “one of the most spectacular outdoor operas ever staged anywhere” (Time Out).

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert

Melbourne Recital Centre, 22 April

With a voice that speaks volumes in every note, hear Ferruccio Furlanetto traverses the emotional landscape of Brahms and Rachmaninov, and performs beloved bass arias from operas including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Don Carlo.

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert

City Recital Hall, 27 April

With a voice that speaks volumes in every note, hear Ferruccio Furlanetto traverses the emotional landscape of Brahms and Rachmaninov, and performs beloved bass arias from operas including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Don Carlo.

Satyagraha in Concert

Hamer Hall, 13 May

Performed in original Sanskrit, this one-night only concert is Phillip Glass’s hypnotic and reverent rendition of Mahatma Gandhi’s journey from modest lawyer to political titan. Exclusive to Melbourne.

Tannhäuser in Concert

Hamer Hall, 17 May-20 May

An opera of mythic proportions, complete with Venus, a song contest to rival Eurovision, and a knight who makes a terrible mistake. See this concert rendition of Wagner’s magnificent music, featuring acclaimed singers Stefan Vinke and Amber Wagner.

Rigoletto

Sydney Opera House, 13 June-26 June

Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the stage of Sydney Opera House, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumes, and scene-stealing car. The revolving dollhouse style set gives a cinematic detail to each scene.

Aida

Sydney Opera House, 19 June-21 July

Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic epic a popular favourite. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular.

The Tales of Hoffmann

Sydney Opera House, 11 July-22 July

Hoffman is tipsy and in the mood for storytelling. Offenbach’s last and greatest work is an intoxicating mix of emotion and dazzling music, including the famous, fiendishly difficult ‘Doll Song’, starring Australian Soprano, Jessica Pratt.

Mad Scenes with Jessica Pratt

Sydney Opera House, 3 August

Soar on the wings of madness with Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, in an unforgettable homecoming concert, featuring some of the most dramatic and impressive moments in opera. One night only.

La Gioconda in Concert

Sydney Opera House, 9 August-12 August

Joined by a star studded line up, famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns to Australia and makes his role debut in this darkly beautiful and rarely heard opera.

Wagner

Das Rheingold

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 1 December-15 December

In the space of a single, majestic, two-and-a-half hour musical span, Wagner immerses you in a mysterious, primordial world of scheming gods, misshapen dwarfs, alluring maidens, and fearsome monsters.

Wagner

Die Walküre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 3 December-17 December

The second opera in the Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.

Wagner

Siegfried

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 5 December-19 December

The Ring Cycle’s third part is intensely focused on the fortunes of a single figure. Siegfried charts the rise of the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde into the greatest hero of the age.

Verdi

Aida

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 6 December-20 December

Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic epic a popular favourite. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular.

Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 7 December-21 December

The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after love is betrayed by naked ambition and villains outsmart heroes.