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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 summer season below. 

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The Merry Widow

The season opens with Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, directed by Graeme Murphy. Julie Lea Goodwin and Alexander Lewis will play former lovers Hanna  Glavari and Danilo  Danilovich in this fun, light opera, telling of a widow who attempts to keep her money in her principality by finding the right husband. 
Jan. 5, 2021 – Jan 16, 2021. 


Opera Australia will present their premiere of Verdi’s Ernani in February 2021, in a Sydney Opera House first. Based on Victor Hugo’s play of the same name, Ernani tells of a man who honours a vow he once made. But, he’s conflicted by his desire to be with the woman he loves. Diego Torre will play Ernani, opposite Natalie Aroyan as Elvira. Casting includes Vladimir  Stoyanov as Don  Carlo, King  of Spain and bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Don Ruy Gomez de Silva.
Feb. 2, 2021 – Feb. 13, 2021


John Bell’s production of Puccini’s Tosca returns to the Sydney Opera House in 2021. Set in Rome during World War Two, Nazis occupy the Italian city to bring the story into the modern era. Marco Vratogna will play Scarpia, with Carmen Giannattasio as the titular role and Diego Torre as Cavaradossi.
Feb. 22, 2021 – Mar. 13, 2021. 

Bluebeard’s Castle

Opera Australia’s summer season is completed by Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Based on a French folk tale, this one-act Hungarian opera is set in a castle, full of forbidden rooms. As doors are opened, secrets are revealed, with Bluebeard’s mysterious past set to become public. 
Mar. 1, 2021 – Mar. 10, 2021. 

Great Opera Hits

As well as the full-scale productions, Opera Australia will reprise Great Opera Hits. If you’re an opera newcomer or have your favourite arias, this 90 minute show features world-famous sections from a variety of shows. 
Selected dates from Jan. 3, 2021 – Feb. 5, 2021.