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The Joan Sutherland Theatre

The Merry Widow

On New Year's Eve

A delicious confection and light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. 

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre. | View Seat Map

“Incredible tunes, unforgettable dance and a captivating lead”

 Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

This Event is:

Romantic
Entertaining
Delightful
Art Deco Delight

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style 

Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.

Australian-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertant heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.

Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.

ARTIST INFORMATION

CONDUCTOR    Vanessa Scammell
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER    Graeme Murphy
CREATIVE ASSOCIATE    Janet Vernon
SET DESIGNER    Michael Scott-Mitchell
COSTUME DESIGNER    Jennifer Irwin
LIGHTING DESIGNER    Damien Cooper
SOUND DESIGNER    Michael Waters
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER    Shane Placentino
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR    Matthew Barclay
ENGLISH TRANSLATION    Justin Fleming

HANNA GLAVARI   Danielle de Niese
DANILO DANILOVICH   Alexander Lewis
BARON MIRKO ZETA   David Whitney
VALENCIENNE   Stacey Alleaume
CAMILLE DE ROSILLON   John Longmuir
NJEGUS   Benjamin Rasheed
ALEXIS KROMOV   Richard Anderson
DOMINIK BOGDANOVICH   Christopher Hillier
SYLVIANE   Jane Ede
RAOUL DE ST. BRIOCHE   Graeme Macfarlane
VISCOUNT CASCADA   Luke Gabbedy
OLGA KROMOV   Agnes Sarkis
KONRAD PRITSCHICH   Tom Hamilton
PRASKOVIA   Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Presented by Opera Australia

Opera Australia's New Year's Eve
Make this your most glamorous and memorable New Year 's Eve yet. Choose between two Opera Australia offerings: a full performance of The Merry Widow or the entertaining Opera Gala.

Pre-Performance Dinner

Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine to a three-course menu, designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer from 5:30pm.

To book, add your pre-performance dinner when you book your tickets.

Midnight Party

Enjoy canapés, drinks and live entertainment from 10:30pm, with views of the midnight fireworks from the Northern Foyers.

For the best viewing of the midnight fireworks, book tickets to this exclusive party, overlooking Sydney Harbour with fantastic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Please be aware that this event is very popular, so the balconies will be crowded during the fireworks. 

To book, add the Midnight Party when you book your tickets.

The Platinum Package

For the ultimate New Year's Eve experience book a Platinum Package, including pre-performance dinner, Premium seats at the performance of your choice, a program, drink at interval, and the Midnight Party.

To book, select the platinum package option when you book your tickets.

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