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La Boheme - Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour


Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is not just an opera, it’s a complete night’s entertainment under the summer night sky. This unforgettable event includes Sydney’s iconic skyline as its backdrop. Arrive by water taxi, drink and dine in style at the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in the tiered seats to take in the drama.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is set in what is easily Sydney’s most spectacular spot, offering an unusual perspective on the bright lights of the city and its most famous icons. The stage is constructed out over the water, but for the audience the show’s backdrop also includes the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, city skyscrapers and the twinkling stars overhead.

Experience the romance of the original Bohemian love story at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

You'll taste the best of Sydney in a single night out: food, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars.

La Bohème opens your soul to emotions too big for words. As six friends bare their hearts and souls in a Parisian winter, you'll fall in love, flare with passion and ache with loss, right alongside them.

Take a harbourside setting with an unrivalled view of the famous Sydney skyline. Build a pop-up opera house, complete with restaurants. Add a monumental set, colourful, eye-catching costumes, spectacular dance and an explosion of fireworks, and you’ve got a night like no other.

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We open the site at 5pm, so arrive as the sun is setting over the city skyline and take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls. Meet for dinner at one of the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in a grandstand at the water's edge and immerse yourself in Puccini's passionate music.

Watch the trailer: La Bohème on Sydney Harbour

CONDUCTOR Brian Castles-Onion
DIRECTOR Andy Morton
MIMÌ Iulia Maria Dan *
Maija Kovalevska †
RODOLFO Ho-Yoon Chung *
Paul O'Neill †
MUSETTA Julie Lea Goodwin
MARCELLO Samuel Dundas *
Christopher Tonkin †
COLLINE Richard Anderson
SCHAUNARD Christopher Hillier
PARPIGNOL Simon Gilkes
OFFICER Douglas McRae

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one interval.

Performed in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles.

One of the most brilliant aspects of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour design is the way in which the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra is housed underneath the stage. They have a complete sound ‘shell’ with the music projected out into the audience via hundreds of hidden speakers. The award-winning sound design is testament to the success Opera Australia has had in making sure it sounds as good as it looks!

It’s certainly fun to dress up for the opera, and many who attend Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour take advantage of the opportunity to get dressed up. But it’s equally fine to dress casually. Opera Australia urges patrons heading to these outdoor performances to dress comfortably and appropriately for the autumn conditions. It can get a bit chilly towards the end of the season but a jacket or cardigan will keep you warm!

There are six catering locations built especially on site for the shows. These range from cheap and cheerful to fine dining, to suit all budgets and styles. The fine dining offerings are in the Platinum Lounge – a spectacular pop up restaurant built into the tree tops. Bookings are essential.

This is one of the most photogenic events you’re likely to attend in Sydney and if you’re on Instagram or Twitter you might like to get into the spirit with selfies and postings by using the hashtag #OperaHarbour

There are five bar and restaurant areas at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.







Please note tickets are non-refundable so once you buy a ticket the only way you can get a refund is if the promoter has to cancel the entire event.

Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

Date: April 12, 2018

Fleet Steps
Mrs Macquaries Point
Sydney Harbour, NSW
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