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Friday, October 31, 2014

Sydney Opera House Hosts New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner Party and Performances

Celebrate the world's best New Year's Eve with opera, parties & fireworks at Sydney Opera House

Additional Black Tie Dinner now on sale

In response to overwhelming demand, Opera Australia will this year host a second sensational dinner party for guests attending its New Year's Eve celebrations at Sydney Opera House. Tickets are now on sale as part of NYE packages – the ultimate black tie event to celebrate the New Year.

Spectacular New Year's Opera!
Copyright: Keith Saunders for Opera Australia

Leaving the crowds outside, guests begin their evening celebrations in style with one of two exclusive pre-Gala dinners in the vast Northern Foyer spaces, featuring floor to ceiling windows overlooking Sydney Harbour. Featuring a three-course menu, designed by ARIA Head Chef, Matt Moran, matched with premium wines and beverages, this event offers diners an unforgettable way to begin the night.

Attendees can select from two performance options on the night – a concert or a fully staged opera - combined with a range of dining and party options all with exclusive views of Sydney's NYE fireworks.

Concert-goers can choose to swoon in the Sydney Opera House's magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini. Hosted by the inimitable Jonathan Biggins, the Opera Gala features an array of both Australian and international opera stars - sopranos Emma Matthews and Amanda Echalaz, mezzo soprano Milijana Nikolic, tenor Rosario La Spina, baritone Michael Honeyman and bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

Those who prefer the complete opera experience can enjoy opening night of La bohème in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Gale Edwards' award-winning production dazzles with spectacular sets and costumes that capture the glamour and danger of Berlin in the 1920's. Cabaret and burlesque stylings make for a chic staging, lit up by world class performances by Mexican tenor Diego Torre and Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska.

After the last note has been sung, the Midnight Party swings into action in the Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, giving guests access to the best fireworks vantage point in the world. Topped off with canapés, drinks, dancing and live entertainment, this is an unforgettable (and civilized!) New Year's Eve celebration in the city's most iconic and glamorous location.

Performances

La bohème | 31 December 2014 | 7.45pm | Joan Sutherland Theatre

Gale Edwards' acclaimed production of La bohème, with dazzling sets and costumes, starring Maija Kovalevska, Diego Torre, Lorina Gore and Andrew Jones.

The Opera Gala | 31 December 2014 | 8pm | Concert Hall

An evening of opera's most popular arias performed by magnificent singers – Amanda Echalaz, Emma Matthews, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Milijana Nikolic, Rosario La Spina and Michael Honeyman – with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Brian Castles-Onion.

New Year's Eve Packages

Now that you have tickets to a performance, why not complete your experience with either the Pre-Performance Dinner or Midnight Party – or both!

Pre Performance Dinner | from 5.30pm | Concert Hall & Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyers | $359

Three-course dinner designed by Matt Moran, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall and Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Midnight Party | from 10.30pm | Concert Hall & Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyers | $279

Canapés, drinks and live entertainment from 10:30pm, with views of the midnight fireworks from the Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Platinum Package | $1,100 - $1,190

Pre-performance dinner, Premium seats, a program, drink at interval and the Midnight Party.

Platinum Package with the New Year's Eve Gala Concert| $1,100

Platinum Package with La bohème| $1,190

Performance Information

Wednesday 31 October

Pre-Performance Dinners from 5:30pm

La bohème at 7.45pm

The Opera Gala at 8pm

Midnight Party from 10.30pm

Bookings:

Opera Australia Box Office:

02 9318 8200

www.opera.org.au
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