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Oprah does the Opera House

The Oprah Winfrey Show - important information

Please note that only ticket holders for the tapings of The Oprah Winfrey Show can access the Sydney Opera House site on Tuesday 14 December.

There will be no public access to the site for non-ticket holders.  This includes access via both Circular Quay and the Botanic Gardens.  It will not be possible to see or access The Oprah Winfrey Show taping from the Royal Botanic Gardens.

If you do not have a ticket to the tapings please avoid coming to Sydney Opera House as there will be large crowds in this area.   Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Ticket holders are encouraged to use public transport.  For information on public transport visit or call 13150.

If you must travel by car please allow extra time for your journey and be aware that Wilson’s Sydney Opera House car park may be busier than usual. For information on clearways and road access visit

Please note that tours of Sydney Opera House will not operate on Tuesday 14 December.  The main box office will also be closed for general ticket sales but patrons attending The Nutcracker on 14 December can collect pre-purchased tickets from the main box office from 5pm onwards.  Tickets for all other performances can be purchased by calling +61 2 9250 7777 or via our website.

Tuesday 14 September 2010 


Today, during her daily talk show broadcast from Chicago, Oprah Winfrey let her worldwide fan base know that her show is coming to the Sydney Opera House.

On 14 December, Oprah Winfrey, who Forbes calls the world’s most powerful entertainer, will tape her show from the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. This will be the first time “The Oprah Winfrey Show” including the entire audience, has travelled outside of North America.

Sydney Opera House CEO, Richard Evans, today said, ‘I am thrilled Ms Winfrey has chosen the symbol of our nation as the backdrop to this unique broadcast. Ever since Paul Robeson stood on the steps and sang to construction workers in 1960, Bennelong Point has played host to many of the world’s greatest performers and leaders.

Sydney Opera House is a place of imagination and transformation this December we transform from Opera to Oprah House.’
Richard Evans went on to say, ‘I must congratulate our staff, Tourism Australia, Qantas, Tourism New South Wales, Tourism Queensland, Tourism Victoria, and Network 10 that have brought this unique event to life.’

Oprah Winfrey will be travelling with her loyal audience, all of whom will participate in a variety of unique Australian experiences.  The House is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, with more than 2,600 performance and events annually and an estimated 7.4 million people visiting the precinct each year. Currently over 320,000 people each year take a guided tour of the House’s seven venues and its restaurants, bars and retail outlets on Bennelong Point. 

Further information about ticketing for the Sydney “Oprah” House event is available at or 

Please note: Sydney Opera House is not managing the ticket ballot

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