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The Sydney 2023

Opening Gala

Revel in music from some of the world’s most distinguished pianists as they celebrate the opening of the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition in style. 

At the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

COVID-19 safety information

The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage you to wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained, and please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Box Office team on 02 9250 7777.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:


·         Friends of The Sydney – 9am, Monday 7 November 2022
·         General public – 9am, Monday 6 February 2023


·         Friends of The Sydney – 9am, Monday 6 March 2023
·         Insider Priority Members – 9am, Tuesday 4 April 2023
·         What's On e-newsletter pre-sale – 9am, Wednesday 5 April 2023

General public on sale 9am, Tuesday 11 April 2023

Standard tickets from $70 + $8.95 Booking Fee

Ticket Description & price
Standard All tickets
Premium $90
A Reserve $80
B Reserve $70
Friends of The Sydney Discount price for Friends of The Sydney members. 
Please call +61 9250 7700 for more information.
Premium $82
A Reserve $72
B Reserve $62
Concession Australian Pensioners and Australian Seniors
Premium N/A
A Reserve $75
B Reserve $65
Student Full-time Student card holders
Premium N/A
A Reserve $30
B Reserve $30
Groups 8+ Groups of 8 or more save on this performance.
Please call +61 9250 7700 for more information.
Premium $82
A Reserve $72
B Reserve $62

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

Authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This show runs for approx 2 hours 15 minutes, including interval

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

In English | Wheelchair accessible

This event will take place at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Recommended for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

The world’s best pianists launch the competition

Experience the magic and glamour of the official opening night gala concert of the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition. The stage will be filled with the pianistic talents of the internationally acclaimed jury for the ensuing competition: effervescent world pianist Tanya Bannister, the exceptional Alexander Gavrylyuk, much loved winner of 2008’s competition Konstantin Shamray, Armenian-born Marianna Shirinyan and sparkling Chinese pianist Xiaohan Wang. Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury, Australian Piers Lane AO will round-out this very special evening of extraordinary musicians.

After the concert, and included in the ticket price, join these artists, dignitaries and VIPs for a special cocktail reception marking the start of three weeks of competition the following day.

Presented by The Sydney

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