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Spring has sprung at last, and we’re celebrating the sun down at Circular Quay

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The Opera House is turning the heat up for the warm days ahead with cosmic future sounds at Kamasi Washington, lazy brunches at Portside and a rosé festival at Opera Bar over the long weekend.

Have a lazy brunch at Portside  

When: from 26 October

How much: $7 to $22

Your weekend brunch plans have jumped to the next level with full frontal Harbour Bridge views and a delicious new breakfast menu at Portside Sydney.

Opening for breakfast for the first time, grab your brunch crew and try the roast mushroom and parmesan bruschetta, smoked barramundi bowl, or a crowd favourite — shakshouka.

Witness the first Afghan all-women orchestra fighting oppression with music 

When: Monday 14 October

How much: from $30

Discover the extraordinary story of Zohra, the first Afghan Women’s Orchestra capturing the world by storm.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and stories of these courageous young women who fought their way through oppression and devoted their lives to music. This will be a night not to be missed, full of passion, dedication and triumph.

A decadent lunch at Bennelong

How much: two courses for $85pp, three courses for $100pp

Now you can enjoy a decedent lunch at Bennelong for a more wallet friendly price on Thursdays and Fridays.

The House Lunch menu features dishes such as sashimi of yellowfin tuna, cultured cream, dashi grains, laver & roe as well as crisp confit duck kumquat & kampot pepper marmalade, black fungi, and umeboshi. Dessert options includes Peter Gilmore’s new trifle made with salted caramel, prune jam & pecans and Lagavulin whisky ice cream.

The House Lunch menu is available Thursday and Friday only, in addition to the Cured & Cultured menu, and Restaurant à la carte menu. Bennelong Bar will also be open for guests to walk on in from 12pm.

The opera with lovers and liaisons, disguises and tricks

When: Season opens 18 October

How much: from $78

Who: Opera Australia

Mozart’s classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries. Musically, The Marriage of Figaro is the ultimate ensemble opera, with brilliant trios, quartets and even a fantastic sextet. Dramatically, it’s the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and tricks, lust and laughter. Exquisite period sets and costumes feature in this Downton Abbey-style comedy where servants get the better of their masters, opera style.

Saucy, razor sharp Shakespeare

When: Season opens Tuesday 22 October

How much: from $45

Who: Bell Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other. This audience favourite is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises and bumbling cops. Or is it?

A two act gin inspired by the Opera House

When: from October 1

To celebrate the beauty and creativity of the Opera House, we’ve collaborated with Archie Rose Distilling Co. to create a two act gin release. This twin release brings to life the external splendour and natural surrounds of the Sydney Opera House, alongside the creative energy experienced on our stages.

You can enjoy the gins at our bars and restaurants, so make sure you come down to enjoy some signature cocktails at Opera Kitchen, Portside and Theatre Bars.

An intimate afternoon with Bach 

When: Sunday 27 October

How much: From $49

Who: Australian Chamber Orchestra 

Bach holds a special place in the heart of every musician. In this program, the Australian Chamber Orchestra explore his genius with an impressive line-up featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve. From the opening notes of Tognetti’s solo violin to the striking and elegant finale of the Sixth Concerto, celebrate these favourites from Bach’s oeuvre with us.

A visonary sax master returns 

When: Wednesday 9 October

How much: from $59

Experience the transcendent sound of the cosmic future as visionary sax master Kamasi Washington returns to the Concert Hall for an in-the-round performance of epic jazz spiritualism that will blow you away.

Get a gift inspired by Australia

When: in store and online from 2 October

How much: $7.50 — $55

The Sydney Opera House’s Uncovered program showcases emerging local artists, makers, creatives and artisans and their Australian-inspired products through a three-month residency in our retail shop.

Our first applicant Eggpicnic, is a Sydney-based illustration and design studio devoted to wildlife conservation set up by designers and birders Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso. They produce fine art prints to end wildlife extinction through education. Creating characters that tread a fine line between art and design, Eggpicnic aims to capture the beauty of the natural world with the hope of inspiring others to protect it.

Meet Mozart these school holidays

When: 4 – 13 October

How much: from $25

For who: ages 2 – 8

Introduce young music lovers to Mozart’s timeless music – from ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to his great orchestral pieces. Full of extravagant costumes, piano playing tricks and lots of laughs, watch with delight as renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, alongside his wife and muse, Constanze and a string quintet in all its glory.  

Make Trouble with John Waters

When: 15 October

How much: from $49

In this Sydney exclusive performance, John Waters serves up salty reflections on the world today, his camp obsessions and life lessons including the downsides to fame (none), all studded with cameos from the larger-than-life stars he has worked with, from Divine to Kathleen Turner. Hear tales of tarnished wisdom from the Pope of Trash himself.  

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