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“Sydney's icon.”
Review of Opera Australia

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: No trip to Sydney is complete without seeing an opera at the Sydney Opera House. Opera Australia performs at the Sydney Opera House January-April and July-November every year. Opera Australia also performs at Arts Centre Melbourne and on the Sydney Harbour stage. Most performances start at 7.30pm and run 2–3 hours with an interval. There is no dress code. English translations are projected above the stage for all operas sung in foreign languages. Selected operas in the season will also have Simplified Chinese translations (Carmen, La Traviata, Opera on Sydney Harbour and Aida).
Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you think of Sydney, along side of the equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House stands out as the world's first and foremost Sydney icon.

The Sydney central district is built around Circular Quay as its harbour hub, with the Opera House standing as its unmistakably dominating city-side feature overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world, with the best vantage of the Harbour Bridge from the Opera House forecourt.

Take your camera as this is a structure that fascinates from any angle and has to be seen to appreciate how amazing it looks.

Located an easy 5 minutes walk from any CBD hotel, Circular Quay is a wonderful location alive with tourists and locals strolling around amongst local buskers, Aboriginal performers, prolific restaurants and the best views in Sydney.

After you walk around the Opera House and marvel at it's shape, location and sheer unqueness, you can stand on its forecourt and take in the rest of the harbour, city sky line, Botanical gardens and harbour Bridge.

There's regular Opera House Tours conducted inside the building that you can book and pay for in the undercover part of the forecourt. This way you get to see the main hall and inside features. My recommendation is to attend a performance there to experience the real Opera House. Beware though that the main auditiorium is the one to see, the other smaller halls are less spectacular and will not satisfy your desire to experience the Opera House versus the performance you are enjoying.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

the concert hall sound is fantastic. and on the headland you get a great view of the Harbour Bridge, coffee shops etc also around , and they do have a restaurant , bit expensive

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Australia has a wonderful opera company and it is definitely worth seeing a performance in the iconic opera house. The calibre of operas and talent is world class and you won't be disappointed. As well as traditional favourites, Opera Australia is not afraid to take risks and offer some innovative operas as well.

Plenty of options for restaurants and bars in the areas leading up to the Opera House although none are inexpensive. The Opera Bar is jumping especially on weekend nights.

Thank janeblogs
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have only been to two operas and both were the ones staged on the harbour, last year and this year. Both were fantastic productions and despite the outdoor venue, the sound was terrific. The events are well organised but refreshments on site are very expensive but for something so special, it was worth it.

Thank Victoria P
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My wife and I with four staff visited the opera to see Salome the Opera. It was a first experience for all of us. Five Thai women and myself (Aussie) absolutely enjoyed the experience. We have a Traditional Thai Massage shop that the Male Lead who played the role of King Herod in the opera came for foot reflexology remedial massage. He encouraged us to go so we did and none of regretted the experience at all.

The building is magnificent with many different areas to see, including that view of our magnificent Sydney harbour and its water traffic.

Just relax and appreciate the experience.

Thank LungGel
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