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The Joan Sutherland Theatre

The Merry Widow

On New Year's Eve

Sway, smile and swoon your way through Opera Australia’s delicious production of The Merry Widow, starring the vivacious Danielle de Niese and directed and choreographed by Graeme Murphy.  

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre. | View Seat Map

“[A] shimmering, all-singing, all-dancing Broadway style show”

The Sydney Morning Herald

This Event is:

Art Deco Delight

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style

It’s an opulent party, all glitz and glamour and Parisian charm. It’s an old-fashioned romance, flirty and funny and fabulous. It’s a Viennese waltz and you know all the steps.

The Merry Widow is a “shimmering all-singing, all-dancing Broadway style show” (The Sydney Morning Herald), a frothy comedy packed with familiar waltzes and tuneful melodies.

From the sumptuous Art Deco era costumes to the stunning, geometric sets, the show is “visually stunning … sometimes you simply don’t know where to look” (The Sydney Morning Herald).

The vivacious Danielle de Niese plays the bubbly, beautiful Hanna: newly wealthy, newly widowed, and suddenly the hottest catch in town. 

Interval is timed for the 9pm fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks.

For the best viewing of the fireworks, book tickets to the exclusive Midnight Party, overlooking Sydney Harbour with fantastic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you’re unable to attend the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of viewing areas you'll be able to access following the performance. Please note that these spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

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.
Danielle de Niese as Hanna Glawari surrounded by the Opera Australia Chorus in Opera Australia's production of The Merry Widow. Image: Jeff Busby

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    
Tony David Cray
Assistant Director & Choreographer    
Shane Placentino
Assistant Director    
Matthew Barclay
English Translation    
Justin Fleming

Alexander Lewis as Danilo Danilowitsch and Danielle de Niese as Hanna Glawari. Image: Jeff Busby


Hanna Glavari    Danielle de Niese (evenings)
                              Julie Lea Goodwin (matinées)
Danilo Danilovitsch   
 Alexander Lewis
Baron Mirko Zeta    
David Whitney
Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon   
 John Longmuir
Benjamin Rasheed
Alexis Kromov    
Richard Anderson    
Dominik Bogdanovich    
Christopher Hillier
 Jane Ede (except 5 January)
                   Celeste Lazarenko (5 January) 
Raoul de St. Brioche    Brad Cooper
Viscount Nicolas Cascada    
Luke Gabbedy
Olga Kromov   
 Agnes Sarkis
Konrad Prtischich   
 Tom Hamilton
Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria

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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