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Simone Young conducts Beethoven's Fidelio

Opera in Concert

A love story, but also a tale of rebellion against injustice and the struggle for individual freedom. Simone Young brings her three decades of experience leading productions of Beethoven’s opera around the globe.

In the Concert Hall | Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Classical Music


Opera in Concert

While Beethoven’s genius was extraordinary, it was always grounded in his deeply felt humanity. In his only opera, Fidelio, this powerful marriage of music and message draws on themes of adversity, persecution, and triumph through sacrifice and determination.

Simone Young brings Fidelio to the Concert Hall in spectacular fashion, with her three decades of experience leading productions of Beethoven’s opera around the globe. The exceptional international cast is led by the phenomenal Elza van den Heever and Simon O’Neill.

Fidelio’s story is reimagined for these performances by First Nations author Tyson Yunkaporta who has written new texts to illustrate the opera’s dramatic themes of love, self-sacrifice and the journey to enlightenment. Yunkaporta draws us deeper into Beethoven’s compelling and uplifting landscape of memory, hope and human aspiration.


Simone Young conductor
Tyson Yunkaporta writer

Elza van den Heever Leonore
Simon O’Neill Floristan
James Roser Don Pizarro
Jonathan Lemalu Rocco
Samantha Clarke Marzelline
James Clayton Don Fernando
Nicholas Jones Jaquino
Louis Hurley First Prisoner
Christopher Hillier Second Prisoner
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

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 Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking 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 six min walk to the Opera House. 

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