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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

2017 Program

Glitzy sets, big emotions, and stirring music fill the stage in La Bohème. This romantic classic is the inspiration behind the musical RENT and the movie Moulin RougeLa Traviatathe world’s most popular opera, brings lavish parties to life on stage: velvet dresses, rousing music, combined with passionate romance and tragic endings.

A thrilling story of love, lust and betrayal unfolds at breakneck pace in the war drama, Tosca, directed by John Bell. Known internationally as one the world’s great opera events, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns in 2017 with one of the most well-known and loved operas, Bizet’s Carmen.

Two Weddings, One Bride features well-loved operetta tunes and plenty of laughs and starring Opera Australia principal artist Julie Lea Goodwin. See the world’s greatest opera singer, Jonas Kaufmann, singing an opera for the first time in Australia. This will be an unforgettable experience as he performs Wagner’s Parsifal in concert, an Opera Australia first.

Verdi's Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera. Performed by the Opera Australia Chorus with an international cast of Verdi specialists, this is a true choral masterpiece.

Opera Australia closes 2017 with two spectacular New Year’s Eve performances. Choose between a full performance of The Merry Widow or the entertaining Opera Gala. Then, with a heart full of song, watch the fireworks the whole world watches.

Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini

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.