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Opera Australia

Australia's National Opera Company

Australia’s national opera company was born when a band of idealists — butchers, pharmacists, newsagents — gave up their day jobs to celebrate the 1956 Mozart bicentenary with a season of four operas. Today, Opera Australia (OA) is Australia’s largest performing arts company, which each year presents an extensive season showcasing the world’s great opera and music theatre repertoire under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House and at Arts Centre Melbourne, together with a regional touring program and performance broadcasts in cinemas and on national television and radio. In the 21st century, under artistic director Lyndon Terracini, OA has won the hearts of ever larger and more diverse audiences, giving more than 700 performances to more than half a million people every year.

“The Sydney Opera House should be heard and not just seen.”
The Wall Street Journal

2020 Program

In 2020, Opera Australia has programmed a diverse season including new productions, rare grand works and old favourites. 

Highlights include their first-ever co-production with La Scala, an epic production of Verdi's early gem Attila

Enjoy popular favourites like La Bohème, Carmen, Don Giovanni and Aida

See Elizabeth I blinded by her heart in Roberto Devereux, the latest in Opera Australia's trilogy of Donizetti’s Tudor Queens. 

Experience the electric chemistry of Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis on stage together in Eugene Onegin

Enjoy the rare treat of Halévy’s grand work La Juive, featuring Natalie Aroyan, Stacey Alleaume and Diego Torre. 

Take a walk on the wild side with Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ devilish turn as Méphistophélès in the truly spectacular Faust.

Renée Fleming is perfect in the award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza

Discover the unlikely hit of Broadway's 2019 season, a new production of Fiddler on the Roof performed in Yiddish.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents La Traviata: the story that inspired Moulin Rouge. This spectacular production features a giant chandelier that sparkles with 10,000 Swarovski crystals. The open-air venue includes five pop-up bars and restaurants so you can make a night of it. 

Opera Australia 2020 Season

Opera Australia’s 2019 program is a big season of new works, rare works, exciting collaborations and new productions of operas loved all over the world.

Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director

Lyndon Terracini is the Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and has also enjoyed a highly successful international opera career as well as a successful career as an actor, director and writer.

Lyndon Terracini was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Music Festival in July 2000 and directed the 2001, 2003 and 2005 Festivals. He was appointed Artistic Director/CEO of Brisbane Festival in 2005 and Artistic Director/CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals in November 2007.

In 2014, Lyndon’s service to the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.