Make your outing to the Opera House a grand one by attending an unforgettable outdoor performance. The annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a unique operatic event held beneath the stars and against the spectacular backdrop of the Harbour and city lights.
Named in honor of its benefactor, Japanese philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa, The Handa Opera has been captivating audiences every year since its inception in 2012. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour plays a significant role in the cultural landscape of the city as it combines world-class opera with fine dining and stunning sunsets along the Harbour’s edge. With the stage extending out over the water, a backdrop of the city skyline and famous landmarks such as Port Jackson and the Harbour Bridge frame the spectacular setting for an opera on Sydney Harbour. Mesmerizing performances have included La Traviata, Carmen and Madama Butterfly. Upcoming Sydney shows for Opera Australia in 2015 include outdoor performances of Aida.
The highly acclaimed performances of an opera on Sydney Harbour feature the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra housed underneath the stage in a sound shell. The stunning music of this cultural masterpiece is projected out to the audience through hundreds of hidden speakers as the voices of the Opera Australia Chorus and larger-than-life costumes and scenery bring the story to life.
Create a Night to Remember
When booking accommodation in Sydney city centre, make sure your hotel is within easy reach of the Sydney Opera House. Some ideas to make your opera experience even more special:
- Start the night in style with a gourmet alfresco picnic in the Royal Botanical Gardens while watching the sunset over Sydney Harbour, before enjoying a romantic stroll to the Opera House. Or why not have a relaxing Sydney dining experience at Harrington Restaurant with a modern a-la-carte menu.
- Alternatively end off your evening with a post opera dinner. The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay host a superb range of eateries, including fine dining options as well as inexpensive gastronomic delights.
- Make the harbour the centerpiece of your evening by taking a romantic water taxi to the amphitheater. Before returning to your hotel near the Sydney Opera House, a walk across the Harbour Bridge will be the ultimate conclusion to a night to remember. The T1 North Shore and Northern Line train will take you back to the south side of the bridge.