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La Bohème on New Year's Eve

On a freezing Christmas Eve, love sparks. Two hands meet in the dark and four friends’ lives change forever.

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | Opera

"If you’re new to opera, La Bohème is one you must experience. If you’re prone to tears, this production will assist"
 
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Two hands meet in the dark and four friends’ lives change forever

Dress up to the nines, kick up your heels and leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the iconic sails.

Enjoy a magnificent pre-performance dinner or a drink overlooking Sydney Harbour before you take your seats for a sumptuous production of Puccini’s La Bohème.

When Mimì meets Rodolfo, it’s love at first touch. They head out to bustling Café Momus, where the feisty Musetta and Marcello rekindle their relationship. But even the deepest love can’t warm a freezing winter. The Bohemians have some growing up to do.

Some 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. The music soars with the ecstasy of love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.

Set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin, this is the final season of one of Opera Australia's most popular productions.

Stellar soprano, Valeria Sepe, sings the role of Mimì. Kang Wang sings as the poet, Rodolfo. Lorenzo Passerini conducts.

After the show, make your evening unforgettable with tickets to our exclusive Midnight Party. Held in the Northern Foyers of the Opera House, this event includes drinks, canapés and entertainment — and of course, a great vantage point for Sydney’s famous NYE fireworks.

There’s nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year’s Eve, and there’s nowhere closer to the action than Sydney Opera House.

So go on, make this your most glamorous New Year ever.

Presented by Opera Australia

Artist Information

CREATIVES

Conductor Lorenzo Passerini
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Shaun Rennie
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment


CAST

Mimì Valeria Sepe
Rodolfo Kang Wang
Musetta Julie Lea Goodwin
Marcello Haotian Qi
Schaunard Shane Lowrencev
Colline Richard Anderson
Benoît/Alcindoro Andrew Moran
Officer Clifford Plumpton
Sergeant Malcolm Ede
Parpignol Benjamin Rasheed
Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Children’s Chorus
Opera Australia Chorus

Platinum Package

For the ultimate New Year's Eve experience book a Platinum Package, including pre-performance dinner, Platinum seats for La Bohème, a glass of champagne, and the Midnight Party.

To book, select 'packages' and add the Platinum Package for La Bohème.

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 the Pre-Performance Dinner alongside your tickets for La Bohème.

Midnight Party

Enjoy canapés, drinks and live entertainment at the conclusion of the performance, 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.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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