The NSW Government and Opera Australia are partnering to bring two internationally-acclaimed productions to Sydney Harbour in 2022, including a new offering on Cockatoo Island with the audience on land and on the water.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will return from 25 March to 24 April 2022 with The Phantom of the Opera taking to the harbour stage at Mrs Macquarie’s Point for the first time. Then from 25 November to 18 December 2022 a new event, Opera on Cockatoo Island, will stage the popular opera Carmen on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said events would play an important role in the recovery and growth of the State’s visitor economy in 2022 and beyond.
“It’s exciting to put Sydney in the spotlight once more and remind visitors about the unforgettable experiences on offer exclusively in the Harbour City,” Mr Ayres said.
“There’s no better way to do that than with two spectacular Opera Australia productions right on the water, against the backdrop of the city, inviting people to spend an evening or more in Sydney.
“These unique events are exactly what we need to support our goal to be the events capital of the Asia Pacific and reinforce the commitment to showcase our strengths such as the city’s artistic, cultural and natural assets.”
Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini said 2022 would be an exciting year for the Company thanks to the ongoing support of the NSW Government.
“Opera Australia is proud to work with the NSW Government through Destination NSW to lead innovation that attracts global audiences, and to further strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a city that celebrates creativity and culture,” Mr Terracini said.
“We can’t wait to bring this stunning new production of The Phantom of the Opera to Sydney Harbour, and to present a new edgy version of Carmen in the unique surrounds of Cockatoo Island.”
Tickets for both productions go on sale in November. For more information visit www.opera.org.au.