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Madama Butterfly on the Lake
The young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, revels in happiness when the American Naval Officer Pinkerton marries her, believing she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic consequences.
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, comes to the Lake Stage for the first time with Enrique Mazzola (who was also responsible for the Rigoletto production) conducting. Director Andreas Homoki (artistic director of the Opernhaus Zürich), and his internationally renowned team use Michael Levine’s magical stage set with its subtle landscape paintings to bring Japanese flair to Lake Constance, Austria.
7 September 2023
Turandot - Arena di Verona
The Arena di Verona Festival honours Italian stage director Franco Zeffirelli, and his legendary production of Turandot. Under the stars, in the beautiful and historic Arena di Verona, the imposing cinematographic production brings to life imperial China through its immersive scenery and scenes, enriched by sumptuous costumes of the Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer Emi Wada.
Starring Anna Netrebko as Turandot, this Puccini masterpiece tells the story of a princess whose beauty was only comparable to her cruelty. She will only marry a prince capable of solving her riddles, but if he fails, he will be beheaded...
17 August 2023
La Traviata - Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour 2021
Experience the joy and heartache of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out. Fireworks light up the sky at every performance. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage.
21 September 2021
Rigoletto on the Lake
Giuseppe Verdi's thrilling masterpiece comes to the breath-taking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz.
17 September 2019
La Bohéme on Sydney Harbour (2018)
From the World's Most Spectacular Opera series, experience the love, laughter and loss of La Bohème at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
13 October 2018
Previous events in Opera
Turandot on Sydney Harbour
Turandot: the Puccini classic, the final opera from one of the greats - created especially for the jaw-dropping Handa Opera's water stage.
15 September 2016
Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour
One of the world's most spectacular events, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, returns to cinemas with a modern retelling of this Puccini classic.
18 September 2014
Opera Australia: Don Pasquale
Opera Australia brings Donizetti's comic opera to life, with its warm and bright Italian scenes and lyrical arias.
12 December 2013
Carmen on Sydney Harbour
An awe-inspiring production by Gale Edwards, set on a stage suspended above the water on Sydney Harbour.
25 July 2013
Opera Australia: A Masked Ball
A visceral Opera Australia production, as mindboggling and daring as it is musically lush.
20 June 2013
Opera Australia: Don Giovanni
Teddy Tahu Rhodes portrayes the libertine Don Giovanni in this Opera Australia production.
10 February 2012
Opera Australia: Lakmé
Delibes' greatest opera, performed by Opera Australia in all its oriental glory.
2 December 2011
Opera Australia: La bohème (2011)
Opera Australia brings the classic story of La bohème to 1930s Berlin.
14 October 2011
Opera Australia: Der Rosenkavalier
Opera Australia presents a stunning production of Strauss & Hofmannsthal's most famous opera.
9 September 2011
Opera Australia: Rigoletto
OA's 2010 production of Verdi's Rigoletto, recorded at the Sydney Opera House.
3 December 2010
Opera Australia: The Marriage of Figaro
Neil Armfield's sparkling production of Mozart's most popular comedic opera.
16 October 2010