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A scene from the much loved Puccini opera ‘La Boheme’. Photo Prudence Upton.

Opera Australia has added another outdoor spectacular to its program, today announcing  the inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island. 

The Cockatoo Island event is in addition to OA’s annual NYE opera performance in the Joan Sutherland  Theatre in the Sydney Opera House. 

The new outdoor event is giving visitors and Sydneysiders even more reason to come out and kick-up their  heels after months of lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions. 

“We’ve all been starved of live entertainment so we’re inviting everyone to come and celebrate New Year’s  Eve with us, to say farewell to 2021 and its lockdowns, and embrace the beginning of a fresh and  invigorating new year,” said OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini. 

Guests are spoilt for choice with two of the best vantage points in the city to see Sydney’s internationally  famous NYE fireworks display on offer, along with world-class performances, five-star hospitality and  glamorous parties.  Continue reading OA LAUNCHES NYE OPERA GALA ON COCKATOO ISLAND


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’. Continue reading GREAT OPERA HITS @ THE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

Opera Australia’s Turandot @ The Dame Joan

Members of the Opera Australia ensemble. Photo: Branco Gaica
Members of the Opera Australia ensemble. Photo: Branco Gaica

It has been said that there are two emotions, love and fear. The creative pairing of Puccini and Graeme Murphy is successful in vividly outlining such feelings in the current revival of Murphy’s stunning production.

Conductor Christian Badea presents a strong realisation of Puccini’s atmospheric score. Inspired by this music, Murphy uses intersecting movement prescribed for sub-sections of the ensemble as well as challenging unisons at times such as human waves depicting swirling emotions and troubled minds.

The setting, Peking’s Imperial Palace, is evoked with excellent composite sets and shifting textures as designed by Kristian Fredrikson. His detailed costuming and props dazzle, as does the choreography which asks for these to be manipulated during poses so as to hide or reveal the characters’ vulnerabilities or suggest general unrest. Continue reading Opera Australia’s Turandot @ The Dame Joan