One of the most beautiful modern cities in the world, Sydney is quite popular among tourists looking for a different experience. Located in Southern Hemisphere, the city is known for its beaches, wildlife, harbours and the iconic Sydney Opera House. There are a number of festivals and events (Mardi Gras, Sydney Film Festival) which make Sydney a bucket-list item for every adventurer and explorer. Add to that the local zoos, gardens, suburbs and restaurants, which all make Sydney a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A multicultural city, Sydney is magical as well as beautiful and its famed Opera House is simply the icing on the cake. Read on to know everything about the stupendous Sydney Opera House.
About Sydney Opera House
One of the most easily identifiable buildings of this century, Sydney Opera House is a performance centre, named after opera, a distinct European singing style. Designed by Jorn Utzon, this beautiful piece of art and architecture was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. One of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, Sydney Opera House receives over 8.2 million people in a year. The place has hosted several events and performances catering to different styles – music, dance, theatre and much more – in its premises. With its iconic style, Sydney Opera House has become synonymous with the city as well as the country of Australia.
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Venues At Sydney Opera House
There are six performance venues spread inside the beautiful building. On an average, around 2000 events are held every years at this performance centre. There is Concert Hall, which is the biggest venue of all. Joan Sutherland Theatre, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Studio and Utzon Room (the smallest venue) host a varied range of performances – from rock music to seminars, you can find anything and everything in the catalogue of Sydney Opera House events and shows.
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5 Best Sydney Opera House Shows
So, if you’re planning to visit Sydney any time soon, with your friends and family, make sure you check out these must-see shows here for the best experience!
1. Storytime Ballet: Coppelia
Nothing says art and story better than ballet. Held in the Drama Theatre, this tale of fantasy, magic and childhood is perfect for a family night out. The story revolves around two young lovers named Franz and Swanilda as they go on an adventure in a workshop full of mechanical dolls. Just an hour long show, this ballet with its wonderful props, magical feel and beauteous costumes will leave your kids and you happy and dreamy for the rest of the night.
2. Great Opera Hits
One of the only Sydney Opera House shows which run for the whole year, Great Opera Hits is a mix of the best arias in the world performed by some of the greatest singers in Australia. The show lasts about an hour and half and includes songs by Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and the likes. The singers are accompanied by accomplish pianists in the Joan Sutherland theatre and the show is a must if you enjoy music. If you have never attended opera before, this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance.
3. The Illusionists
We have one word for you – Magic! It does not matter what your age, gender or nationality is – this Broadway hit is one show that everyone enjoys all over the world. A group of eight illusionists work their skills over you to entice, astonish and amuse you with acts that will make you hold to the edge of your seat. Packed with jaw-dropping tricks, this is the one show you definitely need to go to before the year ends. The mix of technology, optical illusion and craft, this magical show in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall is definitely a must!
4. La Boheme
A snowy love story, this musical is the one all of us romantics need to attend once in our lives. Set in Berlin of 1930’s the show is a story about four friends and their lives as they tackle the dreaminess of love and reality of life. Everything about the show, from the jazzy costumes, lush sets to the riveting storyline is bound to leave you craving for more. Having a runtime of around 120 minutes with an interval, this beautiful show is held at Joan Sutherland theatre. What’s better is that now you can catch this beautiful love story on 31st December with your partner and friends. You can also opt for a romantic dinner along with the show, which makes it the perfect date to end your year with.
5. Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday
Created specially for children, this is the place for a play date. Around an hour long, this stage show is about the popular BBC characters Sarah and Duck. There are a number of other characters – some of them kids favourites – ranging from The Shallots, The Ribbon Sisters and many more. Featuring the story about a birthday party for the Scarf Lady, this amazing show is perfect for your little tots. The storytelling is enchanting, using puppetry and music, this birthday party is everything an adventure in magical lands should be.
Sydney Opera House Upcoming Events
One of the best places to welcome the New Year at, Sydney Opera House hosts the most glamorous, fun party of the year. Tickets for this event start at around $700 or INR 36000. You can also opt for a Golden Ticket or a VIP Golden Ticket as per your budget.
Starting at 7 PM and finishing after midnight, the event offers unmatchable, spectacular views of the fireworks Sydney is famous for. If you can afford it, go for the Golden Tickets for the front row seats. Food, wine and performances by artists like Chloe and Bannie will make your evening. If you ask us, Sydney Opera House events definitely do not get better than this.
Sydney Opera House Tickets
The shows and events at Sydney Opera House vary in their prices. There are shows which start at $30 (around INR 1600) and some which start at almost double that price. On average, Sydney Opera House tickets will cost you around INR 2000 per person. Varying from show to show, the price depends on runtime, type of the show as well the venue where the performance is taking place. In case of New Year’s Eve, the tickets are even costlier. There is a booking fee as well which hikes the prices even more.
If you want to regularly visit Sydney Opera House, you can also consider becoming an Insider by buying a membership, which costs around INR 5000. The membership will help you access tickets for different events and shows before everyone else. You will also be able to avoid booking fee by becoming an Insider.
Sydney Opera House is definitely going to be the star attraction on your trip to the city. Don’t wait anymore! So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Sydney for a grand welcome to 2019 in the Australian way! Make sure you get a few extra clothes if this place changes your mind and you plan on staying for a few more days!
Frequently Asked Questions About Sydney Opera House
While you’re still trying to make up your mind about visiting this charming place in Sydney, take a look at some of the commonly asked questions to know more!
Q. What are the some of the best shows I can watch in 2019 at Sydney Opera House?
A. There are over 2000 different shows to choose from in a year when it comes to Sydney Opera House. Here are our top five picks from Sydney Opera House Schedule for January 2019, which you can attend alone or with family and friends while roaming around in the city. In the Heights, Conversations with Nick Cave, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus, A Ghost in My Suitcase and Blanc de Blanc Encore are some of them.
Q. How do I reach Sydney Opera House?
A. It is located in Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia. You can drive straight to Opera House or take a cab (rented car). There is underground parking facility available here, so it is quite feasible.
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