Opera Australia Is Returning With A Jam-Packed Lineup Of Productions For 2022

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


Are you ready for a night at the theatre?

Not too long ago things like going to the theatre, attending a concert or even just meetings friends and family seemed far fetched. Despite everything the state has collectively endured in the last couple of months, one thing’s for sure — life goes on. Opera Australia has embraced the new normal by announcing a return to regular programming with a massive line-up of events.

“It’s been a very difficult time for our performers and the arts industry as a whole, so I’m sure audiences are looking forward to returning to the theatre just as much as we are, and I’m confident the coming season has something for everyone,” Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said.

La Traviata. Image credit: Keith Saunders.

Opera Australia 2022 season for Sydney

So what can theatre enthusiasts look forward to? As has been tradition for nearly ten years, Gale Edward’s glorious production of La Bohème will kick off the summer season on New Year’s Eve. This could also be the final time the production at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, so you’ll want to add this to your calendar.

Other highlights include La Juive, a co-production with Opera de Lyon, the much-awaited return of The Marriage of Figaro and Otello among others.

Sydneysiders will be excited to see the return of Stacey Alleaume who floored audiences with her performance as Violetta in Elijah Moshinsky’s La Traviata in the 2021 Handa Opera.

And of course, there’s the highly anticipated production of The Phantom of the Opera on the Sydney Harbour and a dazzling new production of Bizet’s Carmen by director Liesel Badorrek on Cockatoo Island.

Find the full line-up below.

Summer 2022

La Bohème by Puccini
When: December 31, 2021 – February 4, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Julie Lea Goodwin, Haotian Qi, Shane Lowrencev and Richard Anderson and more.

Turandot by Puccini
When: January 12- March 14, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: The title role will be sung by American soprano Lise Lindstrom and Australian soprano Anna-Louise Cole will debut in her exciting role as Turandot.

The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
When: January 27 – February 18, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Mario Cassi as the Count plays opposite Ekaterina Morozova as the Countess, while Stacey Alleaume returns as Susanna and Tommaso Barea is Figaro.

Otello by Verdi 
When: February 19 – March 19, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Yonghoon Lee debuts in the role of Otello along with Karah Son who also debuts as Desdemona.

La Juive by Halevy 
When: March 9 – 26, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Carlo Montanaro will lead the cast along with famed Australian opera singer Diego Torre.

In concert

Great Opera Hits 
When: December 26 – 28, 2021, and January 1, 2, 9, 14, 23, 30, February 13, March 6, 20, July 17, 24 and October 30, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Classics by the likes of Bizet, Mozart, Verdi will take centrestage.

Maria Stuarda by Donizetti
When: March 23 and 25, 2022.
Where: Sydney Opera House


Winter and Spring 2022

Madama Butterfly by Puccini 
When: July 29 and 30, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Sae-Kyung Rim will play Cio-Cio San, Chanyang Choi will play Suzuki and Ivan Magrì plays the much maligned Pinkerton.

La Traviata by Verdi
When: July 5-29, 2022 and October 22 – November 4, 2022.
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Stacey Alleaume returns as Violetta along with Ji-Min Park as Alfredo, José Carbó as Giorgio and Celeste Haworth as Flora.

Il Trovatore by Verdi
When: July 15-30, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Leah Crocetto as Leonora, Elena Gabouri as Azucena and Maksim Aniskin in his OA debut as di Luna.

Atilla by Verdi
When: October 29- November 5, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cast: Ildar Abdrazakov will play Attila, Natalie Aroyan is Odabella, Diego Torre is Foresto and Marco Vratogna is Ezio.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
When: March 25 – April 24, 2022
Where: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Bizet’s Carmen
When: November 25 – December 18, 2022
Where: Cockatoo Island


The Phantom of the Opera by Lloyd-Webber
When: August 19 – October 16, 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House

One of the biggest musicals of all time is finally making its way to the Sydney Opera House. Read more about it here.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
When: When: October 23 – December 30, 2022
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre

The Australian premiere of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella spins a contemporary take on the classic tale.

Check out the full brochure for more info here.

Single tickets go on sale next month.

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