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Opera Australia announces new production of Puccini’s muchloved La Bohème for 2018 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

June 24, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Opera Australia is continuing its hugely successful Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series with the announcement today of a new three-year agreement with Destination NSW, commencing in 2018 with Puccini’s much-loved La Bohème.

With its reputation as one the world’s great outdoor opera events well and truly established after six incredibly successful years, Opera Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s ongoing support and commitment to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Described as one of the top four opera open-air events in the world by Signature Luxury Travel and Style magazine, the annual event is a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar, attracting more than 250,000 attendees from around Australia and across the globe over the past six years.

Opera Australia expects the 2018 season will continue that successful run, with Puccini’s La Bohème known as one of the world’s all-time favourite operas, and the inspiration behind Moulin Rouge and the musical Rent.

Andy Morton, who attracted great acclaim this year for his hugely successful revival of Gale Edwards’ Carmen, will direct this highly anticipated, new production. Andy has worked on the past five Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions and this will be his first time at the reins of a new, harbour show.

Legendary conductor Brian Castles-Onion will again take up his position under the stage, leading the Opera Australia Orchestra. Opera Australia also welcomes the return of celebrated set and costume designer Dan Potra who worked his magic on Opera Australia’s 2016 outdoor productions, Turandot on Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House – The Opera.

Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is thrilled ‘his brain-child’ has gone on to become such a success.

“Watching this production evolve over the past six years has certainly been an exciting time. To see all the elements come together so spectacularly each year and to see how much joy it brings to the audiences, who have really taken it to their hearts, it’s been incredibly satisfying,” Mr Terracini said.

“It’s no wonder the event has become such a hit with locals and tourists alike. With its harbour-side setting, spectacular views of the famous Sydney skyline, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, along with a monumental set, stunning costumes, world-class performers and a nightly burst of fireworks, it’s an unforgettable experience.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is one of the State’s great major event success stories, attracting new audiences to opera and visitors to NSW each year.

“The event has become revered as one of the world’s greatest outdoor operas, with more than 57,000 domestic and international overnight visitors travelling to Sydney to enjoy this spectacular event since 2012.

“The State is reaping the benefits of the NSW Government’s significant investment in tourism and major events, an industry that delivers $32.3 billion in total overnight and daytrip visitor expenditure to the NSW economy.

“We will continue to present a calendar of world-class events like Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour allowing us to maintain our position as the number one events state in Australia,” Mr Marshall said.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Bohème will be held from 23 March to 22 April 2018.


Conductor Brian Castles-Onion

Director Andy Morton

Set & Costume Designer Dan Potra

Performance dates

23 March – 22 April 2018

Performed in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles


Tickets on sale

Adult tickets from $99 (fees may apply) Group and concession prices available for most performances. Opera Australia Box Office 02 9318 8200

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