Opera Australia is a performing arts company with a mission to perform some of the greatest music ever written to as many people as possible.
We perform operas, musicals and concerts in our home venues the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. But you’ll also catch us performing on basketball courts and in community halls everywhere from the red centre in the Northern Territory to the lush wine regions of Western Australia.
We perform on the beach in Coolangatta, on Sydney Harbour and in schools all over NSW and Victoria. You can even watch our most popular operas in cinemas in Australia and all over the world.
As one of the world’s busiest opera companies, we present more than 600 performances every year. More than half a million people see our work on stage, and many more can tune into radio broadcasts.
We’re the biggest employer in the Australian arts industry, employing a huge range of people including stage managers, wig-makers, scenic artists and even a lifesaver, to name just a few.
Since 2009, Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini has led the company in its pursuit of artistic excellence and growing audiences.
Through innovative projects including the now iconic Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, thousands of newcomers are experiencing opera for the first time. We hope to start them on a journey that will last a lifetime.
Opera Australia regularly works with some of the world’s most prestigious houses to create co-productions of powerful, often lesser-known operas.
You can hear some of the world’s greatest performers on the Australian stage, including Australia’s own stars. We’re also committed to developing and nurturing new Australian talent, so you can watch the stars of the future flourish over the years.