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Opera Australia Shows at Sydney Opera House in 2021

23 November 2020 by Sophie Thomas
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After a suspension of all live performances in Australia, Opera Australia will return to the Joan Sutherland Theatre in 2021. The largest performing arts company will present a series of beloved operas, as well as two premiere productions.

OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini commented on the pandemic’s impact, saying: “It’s incredibly exciting to finally be announcing a season after the year we’ve had. It’s been really difficult but everyone has worked so hard to get us to this point where we can confidently move forward with our plans for the start of 2021.”

Check out Opera Australia’s upcoming season below. 

Book tickets for Opera Australia shows in Sydney on TodayTix.

La Traviata

Can love change everything? In what’s called “the ultimate Sydney experience”, Sydney Harbour is transformed into an operatic party with La Traviata, where romance blossoms to an explosion of fireworks. Listen to the melodies soar into the sky, complete with drinking songs and emotional ballads.
26 March – 25 April.


Ancient Egypt comes alive in Verdi’s Aida, where love defies enemy lines and kingdoms do all it take to triumph over one another. For this upcoming production, digital screens will set the scene, leaving you in Egypt and faced with the grandeur of a Triumphal March. This historic epic calls for opulence, something Opera Australia does with ease.
22 June – 13 August.


Can anyone defeat the King of the Huns? As Attila stands tall, his prisoner Odabella proves the ultimate weakness in a revenge opera like no other. Complete with horses on stage too, this limited engagement is a must see.
29 June – 10 July.


Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Othello, Verdi’s opera transforms the dramatic tragedy into literary greatness. From flawed heroes to masterful villains, who will be proved innocent?
16 – 29 July.

The Tales of Hoffmann

After a few drinks, Hoffmann is in a storytelling mood. Sharing tales of his four loves, can Hoffman find romance? From wind up dolls, innocent singers, courtesans and a mysterious nurse, where do shadows lurk?
2 – 14 August.