What's on This Month in Australia

Last Night at the Proms Editor's Pick

Last Night at the Proms

Guy Noble leads the WASO as host and conductor
Julius Caesar Editor's Pick

Julius Caesar

Presented by Bell Shakespeare
The Book of Mormon Editor's Pick

The Book of Mormon

Winner of 9 Tony awards including Best Musical!

Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger's Tale Editor's Pick

Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger's Tale

Bonnie Lythgoe's fifth pantomime in Australia

"You must see this show"

CHANNEL 9 NEWS

"Hilarious, stupendous, high production values... this show ticks all the boxes in style"

NEWS LTD

"One of the most delightful family theatre experiences I can remember"

HERALD SUN

"Melissa Tkautz wowed the audiences with her stage presence and voice"

DAILY MAIL

"Dazzling"

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

The White Album Concert Editor's Pick

The White Album Concert

21 singers & musicians perform the White Album
Stairway to Heaven Editor's Pick

Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin Masters
The Wizard of Oz Editor's Pick

The Wizard of Oz

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production
Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show Editor's Pick

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity

Lucia di Lammermoor Editor's Pick

Lucia di Lammermoor

Jessica Pratt makes her Sydney Opera House debut

Lucia is a woman on the edge of insanity: deceived by her brother, bereft of her lover, she marries a man she does not love and descends into madness. The sopranos that conquer her stratospheric notes are some of the greatest the world has ever seen. Jessica Pratt has joined the ranks of Nellie Melba and Joan Sutherland: one of just three Australians to sing this role on the hallowed La Scala stage. Now, she returns home to make her Sydney Opera House debut. Passions run hot on the cold moors of Scotland, and Donizetti traces every moment with exquisite music. The score is full of highlights, but none compare with the dazzling coloratura of Lucia’s mad scene. The blood-covered bride emerges from her chamber a vocal whirling dervish, while the glass harmonica plays in haunting accompaniment. Pratt performs her celebrated Lucia with Michael Fabiano’s intense Edgardo and Giorgio Caoduro’s menacing Enrico. Carlo Montanaro conducts this brilliant young cast in a compelling production by John Doyle with period designs by Liz Ascroft.

Rigoletto Editor's Pick

Rigoletto

This humdinger of an opera has everything

At the Duke’s infamous parties, one man’s words light the darkness with a sinister glitter. Among the glamorous girls and greasy gangsters, Rigoletto serves his master with sharp wits and averted eyes. He’s hideous. He’s hated. He’s untouchable. But in this shimmering world of secrets and seduction, can he keep the one he loves most safe? From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge. And the music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tunes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his première cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy ‘La donna è mobile’ outside of rehearsals. The morning after Rigoletto’s triumphant premiere, that melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after. The title character Verdi called the “greatest creation” in the history of theatre had found a home in a masterpiece of music. Opera Australia’s much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the Sydney Opera House stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumes and scene-stealing car.The revolving dolls-house style set gives a cinematic detail to each scene.

Aida Editor's Pick

Aida

This historic epic is a perennial favourite

Verdi’s monumental, transcendent music makes this historic epic a perennial favourite. The new production comes from the celebrated Italian director Davide Livermore. He is renowned for high-tech, projected sets so tangible, it’s hard to believe they are just light and shadow. Immersive, impressive, intimate — this is the future of spectacle on stage. Thrilling young conductor Andrea Battistoni returns to lead this production. Three magnificent casts perform Verdi’s difficult leads. You don’t want to miss the stunning soprano of Amber Wagner, paired with Elena Gabouri as Amneris and Riccardo Massi as Radamès. Later in the season, rising star Natalie Aroyan takes on her dream role, and Clémentine Margaine, Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torre and Yonghoon Lee join the all-star lineup.

Katy Perry's WITNESS: The Tour Editor's Pick

Katy Perry's WITNESS: The Tour

Special guest artists Starley & ZEDD announced