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Your Guide to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

10 February 2022 by TodayTix
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Handa Opera Phantom of the Opera

Sydney’s annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a nationwide extravaganza. Local, interstate and international visitors flock to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour for the latest performances. For those who aren’t familiar with the event, it’s a spectacle of an opera production on a floating stage on Sydney Harbour, complete with mind-blowing fireworks. There’s nothing quite like Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour anywhere else — whether you’re a Sydneysider or you’re just visiting, it’s an unmissable event.

This year, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents a new production of The Phantom of the Opera, from 25 March to 24 April. Discover more about Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and The Phantom of the Opera in Sydney.

Book The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour tickets on TodayTix.

What is The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour?

The Phantom of the Opera is an iconic musical that’s clocked up over 35 years in the West End and 34 on Broadway. The musical follows a mysterious phantom who develops an obsession with Paris Opera House’s newest singer Christine Daaé. The hauntingly beautiful musical now arrives on the Sydney waterfront, complete with fireworks, plenty of mirrors, and a stunning chandelier. We guarantee this production of The Phantom of the Opera is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Phantom of the Opera in Sydney features all the musical’s best-known songs, including “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night.” What are you waiting for? Let the phantom stay inside your mind in Sydney.

How do I get to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour?

Most opera-goers arrive on foot from the city centre. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a 20-minute walk from Martin Place, a 15-minute walk from St James Station, and it’s a lovely stroll through the Botanic Gardens. If you don’t feel like walking, there’s a convenient and free shuttle bus from Domain Carpark on St. John Young Crescent.

Looking to make a grand entrance to the opera? Book a water taxi from the Man’O War Jetty at the Opera House to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Photo by Jamie Williams

Arrive early to enjoy the full Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour experience

There’s plenty to do at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour before the show begins. Maximise your evening with a pre-show drink or meal in one of the site’s pop-up restaurants at sunset. The venue opens at 5PM, and it’s a beautiful view over the Sydney harbour.

With five different themed restaurants and bars on site, there’s a theatrical dining experience for every audience member. For those who want fine dining, the Platinum Club is a great option — book a three course meal or opt for the swanky buffet. (We recommend a macaron tasting experience for the interval!) There’s also many a casual option to choose from. The Qantas Garden Bar serves tapas and pizzas. Indulge in your New York side with a burger at the Southern Terrace. The Northern Terrace has salads, small bites, and bigger main courses. Share dishes with your friends and fam at Northern Cantina.

Please note: There’s no BYO-policy so make sure you take advantage of these great dining options.

Photo by Jamie Williams

What to wear to The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

There is no dress code to attend a performance at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Some theatregoers prefer to wear evening dress. Most opt for smart casual (especially on weekdays), and a few (this is Sydney after all) dress as if for a barbeque. Practical fashion tip? Factor in some windproof layers and pocket a plastic poncho in case of rain.

Can I take a selfie at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour?

Yes you can — although we recommend keeping it to pre- and post-show and intervals. The people sitting around you mightn’t be as avid in the social media stakes. Overall, the mood is a lot more relaxed than that of a conventional opera theatre — more like a heritage rock concert — but bear in mind you’re here for the show, not the chit-chat. So sit down, relax and see The Phantom of the Opera.

Photo by Jamie Williams

What if it rains at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour?

Weather-wise, it takes a lot to stop the show. As they say, the show must go on. Just grab that handy poncho you packed and lean into the amazing experience. Chances are, you won’t even need it. We recommend checking the Sydney weather before you go to make sure you’re wearing a suitable outfit in case it rains.

Photo by Hamilton Lund

How can I book tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera at Sydney Harbour?

The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour tickets are available to book on TodayTix. The Phantom of the Opera is in Sydney from 25 March to 24 April. Book now to avoid missing out on one of the biggest spectacles in the Australian theatre calendar.

Book The Phantom of the Opera at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour tickets on TodayTix.