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A guide to going solo at the Opera House

No plus one? No problem – going by yourself to a show has never looked this good

Chelsea Slender

Experiencing the best Sydney has to offer shouldn’t come with a set of terms and conditions.

From performances to behind the scenes tours, fine dining and everything in between – the Sydney Opera House has the perfect solo experience for every occasion.

Tingle your tastebuds

Dishes to test your taste paired with one of Sydney’s most iconic views – what more could you ask for? The Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant invites food lovers far and wide to come and enjoy a world class solo dining experience.

Pull up a chair next to other patrons at the Cured & Cultured counter where you can pass the time watching chefs prepare exquisite dishes. Whether it’s sampling something special before a show or settling in for an evening of culinary delights, there’s never a bad time to dine solo at Bennelong.

Step behind the curtain

A mysterious place reserved for pointe shoe tying ballerinas, cello tuning musicians, Shakespeare spouting thespians and now you. Ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes of one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres? An intimate Backstage Tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the hidden magic of the Sydney Opera House.

A group of no more than 12 likeminded theatre lovers will join you as you discover all the nooks and crannies of our famous House. Finish off your morning of exploring with a hearty breakfast in the Green Room. The best part about going solo? Getting to soak it all in with zero distractions.

Badu Gili 2019. Image: Daniel Boud

Light up the night

A seamless blend of storytelling and state of the art technology – Badu Gili gets to the heart of what the Sydney Opera House is about. Celebrating the rich history of Australia’s First Nations culture, the mesmerising seven minute display is projected onto the House sails daily at sunset and 9pm.

For the solo explorer on a budget (it’s free to see), Badu Gili is an open invitation to experience the beauty of our vibrant Australian community.

Join the debate

Life feeling a little mundane? Found yourself alone in your passion for the inspiring and wonderful? Sydney Opera House’s Talks & Ideas program is for you. Join us as we push boundaries, broaden our minds and learn a little bit more about the world we live in. These events are a great opportunity for solo enthusiasts to meet like-minded people all while hearing from the people that inspire them.

Image: Rhiannon Hopley

Dress up for a dramatic night out

Ever find yourself daydreaming about dressing up, drinking bubbly and being moved by your favourite aria? If you answered yes to any of the above, Opera Australia’s new Opera for One might just be for you. From those who have never seen an opera before to those who are simply tired of being the last ones awake every time they go with a friend, it’s the perfect night out for everyone. Join other solo opera goers for drinks before the show, sit with new friends as the curtain goes up and chat about your favourite parts at interval – a new, more social opera experience awaits.

Underworld - Concert Hall, 2017. Image: Daniel Boud

Sing your heart out

Fancy seeing a show but not a fan of the classical pursuits? Don’t let our love of all things opera and orchestra fool you – the Sydney Opera House’s love of all things contemporary is diverse as it is dynamic. From international music acts to intimate performances by homegrown icons, we take pride in showcasing the very best that the contemporary music scene has to offer.

If you live for the electricity created by getting thousands of music lovers together for a lyric singing, arm swaying, ‘can’t help but dance’ good time, then these are the shows waiting for you.


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