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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - La Bohème

Australia’s iconic outdoor opera.

At Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point.

“The ultimate Sydney experience”
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Australia’s iconic outdoor opera.

La Bohème opens your soul to emotions too big for words. The music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache.

Experience the romance of the original bohemian love story at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. With pop-up bars and restaurants on site, you’ll taste the best of Sydney in a single night out: food, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars.

Feel the magic of snow falling on Sydney Harbour (yes, really!) as Puccini's music takes you to a wintry Christmas Eve in Paris. In the snow-kissed city of light, six friends taste love, laughter and the first pangs of loss.

Andy Morton directs two brilliant casts in a fresh production that places Mimi and Rodolfo's romantic awakening against the political awakening of Paris during the student uprising of the late 1960s. Designer Dan Potra creates the magic of those volatile French streets on stage.

The site opens at 5pm, so arrive as the sun is setting over the city skyline and take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls. Meet for dinner at one of the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in a grandstand at the water’s edge and immerse yourself in Puccini’s passionate music.

Presented by Opera Australia

Fireworks at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Fireworks at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour ̶ Aida in 2015


Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Andy Morton
Assistant Director Sally Hare
Director Trent Kidd
Set & Costume Designer Dan Potra
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Video Designer Marco Devetak
Choreographer Kate Champion



Mimì Iulia Maria Dan *
Maija Kovalevska †
Rodolfo Ho-Yoon Chung *
Paul O'neill †
Musetta Julie Lea Goodwin
Marcello Samuel Dundas *
Christopher Tonkin †
Colline Richard Anderson
Schaunard Christopher Hillier
Benoît / Alcindoro John Bolton Wood
Parpignol Simon Gilkes
Officer Douglas McRae
Sergeant James Olds

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

* 23, 25, 28, 31 March; 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21 April
† 24, 27, 29 March; 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 April

The Platinum Club at La Bohème on Sydney Harbour

An undercover restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour. This is pop-up dining at its best: exclusive gourmet menus, table waiters, Tyrrell's wines and dedicated restrooms. Celebrate a luxurious evening for two or host an impressive night out with clients at the Platinum Club. 

To pre-book your perfect dining experience, choose your seat, add tickets to your cart and then  select your preferred dining option:

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