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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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2023 Season

Fly on the wings of madness, melancholy, and music in 2023. Opera is never tame. From your seat, you can feel the passion of first love, blossoming in tender duet. Watch devotion descend into desperation with a soprano in full flight. Delight in drama worlds away.

In 2023, you can see operas few people have ever heard live, hear incredible voices from performers at the top of their game, and enjoy beloved productions of operas you know and love.

Hear some of the world’s greatest voices in the rarely performed Adriana Lecouvreur.

You can see the celebrated classics of Opera Australia’s repertoire, La Bohème and Rigoletto. The moody Don Giovanni returns to thrill with new voices. Aida’s immersive digital set will have you in awe, with floor-to-ceiling dynamic screens bringing the riches of conquering Egypt into sharp focus.

Australia’s greatest opera export, Jessica Pratt, follows in the footsteps of Dame Joan Sutherland by expertly singing the four female lead roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, before taking on opera’s greatest mad scenes in her solo concert Mad Scenes with Jessica Pratt.

The “world’s greatest tenor” (AFR) Jonas Kaufmann takes to the stage for a role debut in the very special concert performances of La Gioconda as part of Sydney Opera Houses 50th anniversary celebrations. Roberto Devereux in Concert is a fitting end to Opera Australia’s Tudor Queen trilogy.

Opera Australia’s chorus takes to the stage in Chorus!, a celebration of the human voice bringing the greatest chorus numbers of the opera canon together for one grand performance.

Madama Butterfly is renowned for its tragic beauty and stunning music. In 2023, see it on the harbour stage, with Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge glittering on the skyline.

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.