Opera On New Year’s Eve


There is little doubt that Sydney harbour is one of the most popular and spectacular places to be on New Year’s Eve.

This year, Opera Australia presents two performances at the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve, combined with a range of dining and party options, all with exclusive views of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Guests begin their black-tie evening celebrations in style with one of two exclusive pre-Gala dinners in the Northern Foyer spaces overlooking Sydney Harbour. The three-course menu is designed by ARIA Head Chef, Matt Moran, matched with premium wines and beverages. 

After that, choose from a concert of opera favourites or a fully staged opera. In the Concert Hall the Opera Gala kicks off with a concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini. Hosted by the inimitable Jonathan Biggins, the Opera Gala features both Australian and international opera stars – sopranos Emma Matthews and Amanda Echalaz, mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic, tenor Rosario La Spina, baritone Michael Honeyman and bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes. 

Alternatively, for the complete opera experience, Puccini’s La bohème opens Opera Australia’s 2015 season next door, in the Joan Sutherland Opera Theatre. Gale Edwards’ award-winning production dazzles with spectacular sets and costumes that capture the glamour and danger of Berlin in the 1920’s. Cabaret and burlesque stylings make for a chic staging, lit up by world-class performances by Mexican tenor Diego Torre and Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska. 


After the performances the Midnight Party swings into action in the Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, from where guests have the best fireworks vantage point in the world. Topped off with canapés, drinks, dancing and live entertainment, this is a memorable way to see in the New Year in the city’s most iconic and glamorous location.

Tickets: www.opera.org.au or call 02 9318 8200. 

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