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What’s to do this summer at the Sydney Opera House

The sun is out, the days are longer, summer’s here and so is the fun!

Karanbir Dhillon

Our beautiful city has a spring in its step again. The trees are gently swaying with the summer breeze, gesturing a friendly wave as the sun warmly embraces us all. There is so much to look forward to – be it for adults, children and families, Sydney-siders or visitors, day or night, seven days a week. 

Dine & Discover at the Opera House

Support the local economy by taking advantage of the NSW government's Dine & Discover voucher program. Redeem your vouchers with us at the Sydney Opera House and get access to a wide range of performances and dining, including pinnacles of Sydney's culinary scene, Bennelong and Opera Bar.

Vouchers can be used any day of the week (even public holidays!) and Discover can be redeemed online for performance bookings. How good is that! 

Dine & Discover vouchers are valid until 30 June 2022.

SIX the Musical 

When?
Until 2 April 

After a sellout 2020 season, the global pop phenomenon SIX the Musical is returning to Sydney shores, telling the story of Henry VIII’s six rebellious wives in the form of an electrifying pop concert musical.  

Pre-theatre dining at Portside Sydney:
Gear up for an evening of dancing and singalongs by grabbing a bite beforehand.

But don’t just settle for any ol’ meal, head on over to Portside Sydney, located in the Opera House Western foyers just next to the theatre, who offer an extensive menu that caters for all – it’s the perfect pre-theatre dining experience.

Sip away on a SIX cocktail + mocktail:  
Compliment your Portside meal with a bespoke cocktail or a mocktail inspired by SIX the Musical, giving you a taste of what to expect – literally! Choose between the Greensleeves or Tudor Rose cocktails or the Histo-remix mocktail. Find out more.

Opera Australia's Summer Season

When?
La Bohème: 4 January to 4 February
Turandot: 12 January – 14 March
The Marriage of Figaro: 27 January – 18 February 

Keeping the drama on stage and out of our lives, Opera Australia have three spectacular shows live this season.

Bold and powerful, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is ready for one last hurrah in The Emerald City, with 2022 being the final Sydney season. If there was ever a time to watch one of the world’s most beloved operas, it’d be now. The season may come to an end, but the memories and emotions will last forever.

Laced with the intricacies of poetry and mystery, Turandot is a fantasy opera where fear and love go hand in hand. You’ll hold your breath throughout this whirlwind of emotions.

Considered the ultimate ensemble opera, The Marriage of Figaro has everything –wit, comedy, charm, trios, quartets and even a sextet. This opera buffa is considered as a global masterpiece of operatic comedy, telling the story of two servants, Figaro and Susanna, who’s against-the-odds marriage is accompanied Mozart’s astounding score.

Centre for Creativity - House Warming

When?
4 - 16 January 

Opening up our newest venue, The Centre for Creativity, is visual artist Rosie Deacon’s House Warming, a free, play space installation open to all ages. Tap into your creativity to explore, experiment and interact, and as Rosie herself puts it, “engage with the spectacle of obsession and the realms of the absurd”.

Made with recycled materials, visitors are encouraged to explore the forest-like space that the installation encapsulates and add to it, allowing the space to become an evolving experience over time.

Sydney Festival

When?
Decadance: 6 - 9 January 
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: 13 - 22 January 
THAW: 14 - 16 January 
ENOUGH TALK: 16 January 

Boasting an enormous 2022 line-up, Sydney Festival boasts an impressive selection of arts, music and culture. Here are our highlights to keep your eyes peeled for: 

Described as “emotional, essential, formidable”, Sydney Dance Company’s Decadance showcases a mesmerising performance of humour, sadness and explosion of tribal and individual expression through contemporary dance.

“Fear and loathing in a new light” – Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf portrays a booze-fuelled cage fight between some of the most multifaceted anti-heroes in the business. An unmissable, revealingly Australian interrogation of a classic.

THAW is a visually arresting work that aims to convey a message on climate change and sustainability in perhaps the most visceral way imaginable: by suspending a colossal block of ice over the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Addressing humanity’s impact on our planet, this part art installation, part slow-drip thriller even comes with themed drink offers.

Accompanying THAW is climate change soap box ENOUGH TALK. Responding to the THAW installation in a series of 10-minute soapbox-style speeches, emceed by award-winning comedian and Ydinji woman Steph Tisdell, audiences are encouraged to reflect on the urgency of our collective climate situation.


THAW, part of Sydney festival

For the kids

When?
Scaredy Cat: 6 - 22 January 
Magic Beach: 4 - 21 January 
Junior Adventure Tour: Daily in January 

Make these summer school holidays one that the kids will fondly look back on. 

Attend the world premiere of feisty feline fantasia, Scaredy Cat, where Scaredy is taught a vital lesson of courage. Or enjoy the positive summer vibes of Alison Lester’s celebration of the power of imagination, in the adaptation of her classic book Magic Beach. Or experience a jam-packed adventure under the Sydney Opera House sails, uncovering mysterious secrets and flabbergasting facts with the Junior Adventure Tour. Whether you choose one or all – the kids will love it.   

Summer of Comedy 

When?
Various dates between 27 January to 6 February

The power that humour holds is infinite. It can provide an escape from our reality, inspire us, connect us to people and places and, most importantly, it can cheer us up after another rollercoaster year.

This summer, live comedy at the Sydney Opera House features a line up of Australian heavyweights. Look out for Let’s Laugh (Tommy Little, Celia Pacquola, Sam Taunton, Alex Ward & David Woodhead), Sam Simmons: The Knees Show, Dave Hughes, the strictly limited season of Geraldine Hickey – What A Surprise and, celebrating their ten year podcast anniversary, A Rational Fear - Live.

Badu Gili: Wonder Women

When?
Daily, at sunset, 9pm, 9.30pm & 10pm

Sometimes the best things in life are free. If you’re unsure what to do on a night hour or looking to burn half an hour before a show, immerse yourself in the moving First Nations art of Badu Gili: Wonder Women. These breathtaking projections on the Opera House eastern Bennelong sails celebrate the work and stories of six female First Nations artists every night from sunset.

The Sydney Opera House Tour

When?
Every day

Make use of your Dine & Discover vouchers with The Sydney Opera House Tour.  Even if you’ve visited before, there is magic beneath our sails that is waiting to be discovered. Featuring untold stories, insider anecdotes, and fascinating history, this tour will have you relishing in the magnificent scale and architectural glory of one of the world’s most beloved buildings. 

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