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New Year’s Eve Opera Gala

Music, Classical and opera Cockatoo Island , Sydney Friday December 31 2021
An image of a party crowd on Cockatoo Island with fireworks lighting up an orange clouded sky and industrial machinery in the background
Photograph: Supplied/Opera Australia

Time Out says

Kick start your new year in swanky style with this super ra-ra party on Cockatoo Island

You can tell Opera Australia (OA) are ready to party, post-unlock. First they drop the awesome news that they will take over Cockatoo Island for a show-stopping take on classic fave Carmen that you can literally sail on up to. But while you wait for that sensation next summer sailors, you can get a tasty teaser with the company’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala.

Not to be confused with their annual shindig at the Opera House, this 8pm show is a new outdoors event hosted on Cockatoo Island, affording the most spectacular sounds and timed to match up with the early 9pm fireworks extravaganza over the harbour.

The two-hour show will field some of the best in the business, including opera singing stalwarts Stacey Alleaume, Natalie Aroyan, Chanyang Choi, Diego Torre and Luke Gabbedy, as hosted by the irrepressible Jonathan Biggins and Tahu Matheson on conducting duties. It’s going to be sensational, with all tickets including your ferry ride there and back, plus a range of options from a fancy three-course dinner warm-up to the sure-to-be swinging after-party. Or you can grab casual picnic boxes.

OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini says: “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.”


Venue name: Cockatoo Island
Address: Cockatoo Island
Sydney Harbour
Price: From $199

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