If you’re feeling like you need a little culture but are feeling the pinch after all the self-indulgence of the holidays then look no further than this competition to win tickets to La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House.

Opera Australia’s popular production of Gale EdwardsLa Bohème returns to the Sydney Opera House for another exciting season and this glittering production provides the perfect setting for the heart-wrenching love story, filled with the familiar arias of Puccini’s most famous opera.


This production of La Bohème is set in the chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars of 1930s Berlin, with all its colour and political anguish. It’s Christmas Eve and a painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet are having a night on the town.  The young bohemians will battle the cold and some will fall in love. Opening on New Year’s Eve, this opera is the perfect spectacle for this time of year.

‘Musetta’s Waltz’ is a standout in the score, and the soaring ‘Si, mi chiamano Mimi…’ and ‘O soave faniciulla’ will have your heart racing. Even if you’re not a huge opera buff, you’re sure to recognise some of these famous tunes.

A dream creative team brings Puccini’s classic to life in a sumptuous, decadent and romantic world of fairy lights, fringing and fishnets: Brian Thomson (set), Julie Lynch (costumes) and John Rayment (lighting). Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro premieres in Sydney as conductor.

Among the many talented performers within the cast, Opera Australia principals Natalie Aroyan, Shane Lowrencev, Lorina Gore and Diego Torre will perform lead roles. The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra will be conducted by Carlo Montanaro until 30 January and Christian Badea for the remainder of the season.

Puccini based his opera on a novel and play by Henri Murger, following the lives and deaths of two young bohemians living in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1840s. The libretto, written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa combines the characters, but is a mostly original text.

This beautiful opera is a must see; perfect for those wanting to experience opera for the first time and for those wanting to revisit an old favourite. It runs from Dec 31st 2015 to March 23 2016.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Rebekah for winning the tickets!


Performance information

New Year’s Eve: 7:45pm December 31

Evenings at 7.30pm: January 2, 6, 8, 13, 16, 22, 25  March 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23

Saturday Matinee at 1pm: January 30

Running time: Two hours and fifteen minutes with one interval.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Bookings: Adult tickets from $79 (fees may apply)

Group and concession prices available for most performances.

Student Rush available for most performances: $50 (fees may apply)

Opera Australia Box Office (02) 9318 8200

Or click www.opera.org.au

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House


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9 Responses

  1. emma

    New to Sydney, never seen an Opera preformace, and especially not at the most envied venue off them all!

  2. Sevasti

    La Boheme would be a wonderful opportunity to be transported to an era of romanticism and flawless performances.

  3. Sarah Gonzales

    The best stage show I’ve seen by an amateur company. Would be wonderful to see it on Australia’s best stage!!

  4. Tom

    It’s the most beautiful opera I’ve ever seen. I’d love to get the opportunity to see it performed again! 🙂

  5. Sarah Edkins

    Art and culture should always be celebrated. Combining an iconic venue with a classic Puccini story would be an abso-positively superb win!

    • Clare Gemmell

      Congratulations Rebekah, you have won! We will email you with details.

  6. Karina

    Never seen an opera live before! Plus any show at the opera house isn’t to be missed.


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