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Please note: Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

About Ernani

Ernani is an outlaw, ready to fight for his honour and die for his ideals. But our hero is caught in a love quadrangle. Can he win the hand of the beautiful Elvira, who is already promised to her elderly uncle de Silva and coveted by the King of Spain?

This opera has intrigue, disguise, betrayal and adventure, like all the best medieval tales. Love can triumph over almost anything, but in this story with a surprising ending, honour has the final say.

Ernani was Verdi’s fifth opera. Seventy years after its premiere, it became the first complete opera ever recorded. That’s testament to the rousing music. You’ll hear all the composer’s trademark colours on display: passionate choruses, emotional arias and flawless ensemble writing.

In this co-production with La Scala, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf embraces the melodrama of the story and creates a play within a play. It’s an excuse for lavish period costumes, masks and headdresses.

Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo conducts the stunning score. We’ve assembled an exciting cast, led by Diego Torre as the brave Ernani and Natalie Aroyan as Elvira. Baritone Vladimir Stoyanov sings the role of the King of Spain, with Vitalij Kowaljow as Elvira’s Uncle.

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COVID Safety at Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has made some changes to the way it operates including reduced venue capacities and physically-distanced theatre seating. Conditions of entry apply including all patrons aged 12 and over are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside the foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask. All patrons and visitors must check-in via QR code on arrival. Let's stay safe together!

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Run Time

2hrs 5min (incl interval)

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Age

Recommended 8+ years.

Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

2 - 13 Feb

This show closes on Saturday, February 13.

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