The world’s most famous arias are ringing out from the Joan Sutherland Theatre again as Opera Australia’s enormously popular Great Opera Hits concert series returns to Australia’s true home of opera.

Described as the ‘best of opera without the boring bits’, this 90 minute show is jam-packed with tunes that most people will be familiar with and not realise they are masterpieces that are famous around the world, not just the soundtrack from a commercial.

OA has assembled an all-Australian cast to perform tunes that the audience will no doubt recognise from car and pasta adverts, along with films such as ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Star Trek’.

‘Great Opera Hits’ is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser; an entertaining concert with broad appeal. 

Hosted by one of Australia’s most popular conductors and performers, Guy Noble, the show is an ideal introduction for those wanting to experience the impact and atmosphere of a live operatic performance for the first time but aren’t quite ready to commit to a ‘grand-opera’ production.

Noble takes the audience through songs by some of the world’s greatest composers including Bizet, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi in a light-hearted setting. guaranteed to provide lots of laughs.

Each performance features a combination of four of OA’s finest young principal artists including Petah Chapman, Luke Gabbedy, Celeste Haworth, Simon Kim, Haotian Qi, Agnes Sarkis, Alexander Sefton, Shanul Sharma and Sharon Zhai.

Running time approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes including 1 x 20 minute interval.

‘Great Opera Hits’ is playing various dates until Wednesday 3rd March, 2021. 

Bookings Adult tickets from $69 (fees may apply). Concession prices available. Opera Australia Box Office (02) 9318 8200.

Featured image : Lorina Gore at first light aloft the Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia. Pic Hamilton Lund