What To Expect
Gather outside the Sydney Opera House and gaze up at the 100-metre wide steps turned into an opera stage. Combining opera and technology in honour of the great technical feat that is the builing of this magnificent architecture, Australia's finest young singers take the stage and Australia's youngest architects will decorate the site and food outlets, including a 3D printed bar. Platforms will glide across the steps, delivering the fast-paced action. Giant screens will unfurl to display historic photos and giant glowing balls of paper, projections and lighting effects will complete the son et lumiere spectacle.
This is a story of a building. But few buildings in the world catch so many personalities, so many agendas, and so many dreams in its sails.
The premier had a vision for an opera house. The architect had a dream of a building unlike any other. The young soprano had a great talent and a big choice ahead of her.
The architect walked out. The Premier died. The costs ballooned, and the years marched on.
Sydney Opera House, The Opera features fourteen scenes based on the true story charting the dramatic creation of the world's most famous building and the coming of age of Australia. Everyone who played a part in the building of the Sydney Opera House is a character in the opera, from the NSW Premier and Government Engineer to a Sydney socialite. Set everywhere from Mexico to Denmark to the Royal Yacht to a Sydney backyard BBQ, rarely has an opera plot had so many twists and turns. This is Sydney's story writ large.
See it if you like: outdoor operas, landmark Sydney events, and the history of Australian culture.
Seating: At this event, the audience will sit on reserved seats on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt looking towards the sails of Sydney Opera House while the performance takes place on the steps.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one interval
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There is no mandatory dress code but this is an outdoor show with no covered seating. The event is an all-weather experience and Opera Australia is committed to going ahead with a performance even in doubtful or unfavorable weather conditions. Please come prepared so that you are as comfortable as possible, and ready to support the performers, who will carry on singing in the rain.
Guests are recommended to arrive early to avoid rushing. Ushers will close the doors at show time and may not allow latecomers in until there is a suitable pause in the performance.
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