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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.”
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A man and a woman walk up the Monumental Stairs at the Opera House.

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2021 Season

Extraordinary love. Extraordinary bravery. Extraordinary music. 

It’s finally time to dress up again. Head out to the theatre and feel the buzz. Lean forward as the curtain rises…

Opera Australia can’t wait to welcome you safely back to the theatre to enjoy a night out. We’ve got opera to make you laugh, weep and wonder.

We’re bringing back the spectacular crowd favourite, Tosca. And because we could all use a bit of froth, you can enjoy the dazzling delight of The Merry Widow.

For the first time ever, we’re performing Bartók’s short, sharp thriller Bluebeard’s Castle. You can see a new production of Verdi’s rare opera Ernani from the grand stage of La Scala.


Opera Australia 2022 Season

Lovers risk it all. Revenge gets served by the brave and fierce. Heroines steal the show. Everything feels larger than life. This is opera.

Lyndon Terracini

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.