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The Joan Sutherland Theatre

La Bohème

On New Year's Eve

With the flickering of a candle, love sparks. Two hands meet in the dark and four friends' lives are changed forever.

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre. | View Seat Map

“If you’re new to opera, La Bohème is one you must experience. If you’re prone to tears, this production will assist.” 
Herald Sun

This Event is:

Romantic
Entertaining
Delightful

A celebration of first loves

The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with something you've never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. The growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can't last forever. Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music — music that soars with the ecstasy of love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.

Some human emotions are too big for words alone, and for that, we have music. La Bohème exposes your soul to the feelings that only music can express.

Gale Edwards’ glittering production is set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s bohemian Berlin.

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 La Bohème or the entertaining Opera Gala.

Creative Team

Conductor Benjamin Northey
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Hugh Halliday
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Assistant Director Liesel Badorrek

Artist Information

Mimì Joyce El-Khoury
Rodolfo Ivan Magrì
Musetta Anna Princeva
Marcello Samuel Dundas
Schaunard Shane Lowrencev
Colline Taras Bereszhansky
Benoît Graeme Macfarlane
Alcindoro Andrew Moran
Officer Clifford Plumpton
Sergeant Malcolm Ede
Parpignol Nara Lee

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Children's Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Pre-Performance Dinner

Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine on a three-course menu, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer from 5:30pm.

To book, select 'packages' and add your pre-performance dinner alongside your tickets for La Bohème.

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, select 'packages' and add the Midnight Party alongside your tickets for La Bohème.

The Platinum Package

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

To book, choose the packages option and select platinum.

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