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Sydney Opera House Backstage: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: La Boheme by Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House

1. Sydney: La Boheme by Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House

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?

Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

2. 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: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

3. 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: Verdi's Aida Opera Performance Tickets

4. Sydney Opera House: Verdi's Aida Opera Performance Tickets

Lose yourself in the monumental music of Aida, Verdi’s historic epic. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. Ten towering digital screens create ever-changing floor-to-ceiling set pieces. Immersive digital video design ranges from rich symbolism to vivid landscapes. Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendor of Egypt at the height of its power. Together with dramatic video, the massed grandeur of the famous Triumphal March is a visual and musical feast. Lorenzo Passerini and Tahu Matheson conduct two magnificent casts. Sensational American soprano Leah Crocetto performs as the enslaved princess, Aida, before Elena Guseva takes over. Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris, sharing the role with the stunning Agnieszka Rehlis. Italian tenor Stefano La Colla performs as Radamès, the man they both love, sharing the role with Najmiddin Mavlyanov, making his Opera Australia debut.

Sydney: Opera House Chorus! Choral Singing Performance

5. Sydney: Opera House Chorus! Choral Singing Performance

Experience opera at the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the lyrical beauty and emotive power of 48 choristers coming together as they explore vast musical terrain through song. Appreciate this showcase of famous choral pieces by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, and Tchaikovski inside the Joan Sutherland Theater. Enjoy a live opera performance from the Opera Australia Chorus at Sydney Opera House. Marvel at the performance directed by Matthew Barclay and led by Chorus Master Paul Fitzsimon. Hear Rigoletto’s urgent ‘Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta’, followed by ‘Beglückt darf nun’ (Pilgrim’s Chorus). Have your heart sing as you hear the performance of Pagliacci’s Bell Chorus. Listen in awe to the chorale's rendition of the beautiful but sad Madama Butterfly's Humming Chorus by Puccini. Finish up your evening in style at the beautiful Sydney Opera House.

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What people are saying about Sydney Opera House Backstage

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Fabulous, you must do it the commentary about the history of the place, what happened, how it all came about was really interesting. Best thing in Sydney I would say and the area all around the opera house is just simply lovely.

Lovely tour. There are 200 stairs but not all at once so you can pace yourself. Get tickets well in advance. Also, you are very close to the Botanic Garden. Set aside 30minutes for this as well.

This was my first visit to Australia and I’ve always been fascinated by the Opera House. So I appreciate that this tour allowed me to finally venture inside and look around.

Excellent, be prepared to walk or request tour without stairs. Book your tour in advance since they often sell out by the day of the tour.

It was really informative and our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Opera House. Really enjoyed the experience