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Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

1. Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Join a walking tour to explore the halls and foyer spaces of the Sydney Opera House with your entrance ticket. Learn what makes this building a World Heritage-listed masterpiece from your guide. You might catch a rehearsal in action or the crew working on a set. Discover the stories, history, and magic of the Sydney Opera House as you follow your guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. Explore some of the 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets.  Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year and learn how the Danish architect Jorn Utzon's groundbreaking design and vision for world-class performing art came into existence.

Sydney Opera House: La Boheme by Opera Australia

2. Sydney Opera House: La Boheme by Opera Australia

Experience a performance at the Sydney Opera House of La Boheme, the original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s. Admire the gorgeous costumes and impressive sets, as you watch this devastating love story play out.   A poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher walk into a bar to celebrate a sudden windfall in a lean winter. It’s Christmas Eve, and the poet has just felt the first pangs of great love. When a seamstress knocks on his door searching for candlelight, the pair fall in love.   Between the ideals of love and art, and the cruel realities of cold winters, bitter jealousies and empty pockets, two sets of lovers are trying to find their way. By the time the curtain comes down, you’ll know the answer to the eternal question, is love enough?

Sydney Opera House: New Year's Eve Opera Performance

3. Sydney Opera House: New Year's Eve Opera Performance

The Opera Gala puts on a world-class selection of arias and other favourites, and the intermission is timed to coincide with the evening fireworks show. Audience members can watch Sydney's famous fireworks display from a superb vantage point right on Sydney Harbour, which provides incredible views of the colourful festivities. New Year's Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House Watch opera stars perform pieces from masters such as Verdi, Bizet, and Puccini. You’ll hear some of the finest performers join with the 60-piece Opera Australia Orchestra for a concert of some of opera’s most impressive arias.

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House

4. La Traviata at Sydney Opera House

Relish an evening at the Sydney Opera House, and watch a fabulous production of La Traviata, a must-see if you love Moulin Rouge, Pretty Woman, and My Fair Lady. This successful production by Elijah Moshinsky features lush party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside. Gaze at lavish sets and exquisite costumes combined with Verdi’s famous score and enjoy the perfect way to experience opera for the first time, or the chance to revisit a favorite with an exciting new cast. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.

Sydney Opera House Tour and Opera Kitchen Lunch or Dinner

5. Sydney Opera House Tour and Opera Kitchen Lunch or Dinner

A great day out in Sydney is to be had with this tour. Enjoy a tour of the opera house and a delicious meal at the Opera Kitchen with sweeping views of Sydney Harbor and the iconic Harbor Bridge. On this 1-hour tour, you'll experience the history and magic of the venue, as you follow your friendly guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. The Opera House features 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theaters where more than 1,800 performances come to life each year. For your meal, Opera Kitchen is located just a short walk from the Welcome Center, located on the Lower Concourse Level. Choose one meal from a selection and a beverage of your choice. You can redeem your main meal and beverage before or after your tour between 11:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Cockatoo Island: Carmen Opera Tickets on the Harbour

6. Cockatoo Island: Carmen Opera Tickets on the Harbour

The ultimate femme fatale is back, in a brand new island performance of Carmen in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Your Opera tickets will grant you access to Carmen as she tosses her hair, stamps her feet and the whole world falls under her spell. You’ll hear the flirty Habanera and famous Toreador song amid a spectacle that features fire-twirling, car crashes and fireworks. Your night begins with a ferry ride across the glittering water to the world-heritage listed sanctuary of Cockatoo Island. Step off the boat and you’re surrounded by layers of history. Once a meeting place for Indigenous Australians, the site is now dotted with the industrial relics of a century of ship-building and architectural marvels dating back to Sydney’s convict past. Today, the island is a world-class contemporary arts venue, hosting everything from the Biennale of Sydney to live concert performances. It’s the perfect backdrop for Bizet’s gritty tale of fate and freedom. Raise a glass with friends and grab a snack from an array of pop up bars and eateries on the foreshore before settling in under the stars for an unforgettable night out. You can even sail right up to the event and book a mooring to watch the show.

Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

7. Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House, the city’s most famous building. And what better to do when visiting the Sydney Opera House than to spend a pleasant evening inside enjoying an opera performance. The season features some of the world’s favorite operas from composers such as Puccini, Verdi and Halévy. No matter what sort of entertainment you're in the mood for, there's always an opera to fit the bill. Typically, performances start at 07:30 PM and run for 2-3 hours, with an interval or 2. All performances have full English subtitles projected on a screen above the stage. Attila - October 29. November 1, 3, and 5.Il Trovatore - July 15, 19, 23, 25, 28, and 30.La Bohème - January 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 29, and 31. February 4.La Juive - March 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, and 26.La Traviata - July 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, and 29. October 22, 26, 28, and 31. November 2 and 4.Madama Butterfly - June 29. July 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 20, 22, 26, and 30.Otello - February 19 and 25. March 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, and 19.The Marriage of Figaro - January 27 and 29. February 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18.Turandot - January 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, and 28. February 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, and 26. March 5, 10, and 14. The Sydney Opera House has a range of eateries for all price types, including Bennelong and the Opera Kitchen.

Sydney: Sydney Opera House Guided Architectural Tour

8. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Guided Architectural Tour

Meet your guide directly at the Sydney Opera House, then begin your one hour architectural tour. Admire this stunning landmark, which is perhaps the city's most iconic sight, alongside the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Learn how the Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, and what inspired its unique design.  Hear how visionaries, architects, engineers, and artists came together to build this masterpiece, which was the cutting edge of what was possible at the time.

Sydney Opera House - Taste of the House Foodie Tour

9. Sydney Opera House - Taste of the House Foodie Tour

Treat yourself to a luxury 3-hour foodie tour around the iconic Sydney Opera House, and gorge on delicious dishes during a 5-course meal. Become a master mixologist as you take a cocktail-making class with an expert at Opera Bar, and feast on a fresh seafood tasting plate. Continue your culinary journey to Opera Kitchen and tuck into a homemade salumi plate while enjoying a matching wine. Sit back and absorb breathtaking views across the harbor as you prepare a perfect poke bowl. Savor a mouth-watering 12-hour braised Riverina lamb shoulder prepared by the Head Chef, and sip on an accompanying New South Wales wine. Round off a memorable day with a visit underneath the Opera House sails, to enjoy a Chocolate Crackle prepared by the Executive Chef, and relax as you listen to the soothing tones of live jazz.

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based on 1,748 reviews

Amazing tour! I had a 2pm on Sunday August 7th. Loved every minute of it. Our guide was Peter (I hope I got the name right), and he was AWESOME! The stories he had to share, the history of the Opera House, the little bits of information - amazing! He just loves his job, and that's what made the tour so enjoyable! He made me look at the building from a different angle, see the architects behind it, the years of planning and constructing. Thank you!

I enjoyed the history and architecture aspects. Also being clear when able to take photos. Bit disappointed not to see the refurbished concert hall but respect for productions understood

Beautiful program. Excellent singers from Opera Australia. Perfect program length. Thanks

fun, good food , plenty of food and drinks, great company, well led and great location

worth doing, beautiful views, architecturally stunning and very Informative