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Thursday 14 October 2021

Sweet music to ring in the New Year - at a price

Opera Australia has added an outdoor spectacular to its program, announcing the inaugural New Year's Eve Opera Gala on Sydney's Cockatoo Island.

The Cockatoo Island event is in addition to OA's annual NYE opera performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre in the Sydney Opera House.

The new outdoor event is aimed at giving visitors and Sydneysiders with stacks of cash a reason to come out and kick-up their heels after months of lockdowns and Covid19 restrictions. 

“We've all been starved of live entertainment so we're inviting everyone to come and celebrate New Year's Eve with us, to say farewell to 2021 and its lockdowns, and embrace the beginning of a fresh and invigorating new year,” said OA's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

NYE Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island will present some of the country's finest performers for a two-hour concert of opera classics under the stars, hosted by Jonathan Biggins. 

Tahu Matheson will conduct a full orchestra and an all-star cast of singers including Stacey Alleaume, Natalie Aroyan, Chanyang Choi, Diego Torre and Luke Gabbedy.

Tickets will include pre-booked ferry transfers and a ticket to the performance with the option of adding a three-course pre-performance dinner, interval drinks and a post-show midnight party to their booking. A

Alternatively, more casual food and beverage options will also be available.

NYE Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island will be presented in collaboration with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

For those looking for a more traditional experience, Opera Australia's annual NYE festivities at the Sydney Opera House will include a lavish production of Puccini's La Bohème in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. 

Italian maestro Lorenzo Passerini will conduct the Opera Australia Orchestra and a cast of exceptional singers. 

The interval will be timed to coincide with the 9pm fireworks and the opera will finish in time for the midnight show. 

Tickets for the Cockatoo Island gala start from $399 plus booking fee, with platinum packages from $1,717 - which probably rules out most Sydneysiders. 

La Boheme at the Opera House pickets starts from $242 plus booking fees. There are a range of packages available.

Contact the Opera Australia Box Office on (02) or visit

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