Dance and performing arts

Highlights

From timeless classics in ballet and opera to dazzling contemporary dance, Sydney will take your breath away with exciting seasons of dance and performing arts in its theatres and concert halls. The Sydney Opera House is an iconic building in which to enjoy some of those astonishing performances.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Carmen
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Dazzling performances in Sydney

Sydney is Australia's cultural capital where you'll find marvellous performances of ballet, opera and contemporary dance, as well as symphonies, drama and comedy. Seasons run a various times of the year and the exciting events calendar lists shows and venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House.

This beautiful harbour city is home to Australia's leading arts and dance companies, including Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous contemporary dance troupe.

The Australian Ballet has seasons each year at the Sydney Opera House, which is on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. Opera lovers will delight in the outdoor Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in autumn, with the spectacular backdrop of the World Heritage-listed white sails.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies. Artistic director Rafael Bonachela leads the contemporary dance troupe at Walsh Bay, a lively arts precinct with performance venues on heritage finger wharves. You can even take a dance class of your own.

Walsh Bay is also home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, which tells the story of the Dreamtime through contemporary dance. Nearby are the Sydney Theatre Company and the Roslyn Packer Theatre, where you can reserve your seats for musicals, dance, plays and other enticing performances.

The Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta all have exciting programs. You can watch more riveting works at smaller theatres in Potts PointKings Cross and Darlinghurst.

  1. La Traviata - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 3 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    03 Feb -01Apr
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  2. Tosca - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 17 February to Friday 31 March 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    17 Feb -31Mar
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  3. Intrepid Voyagers

    Sunday 2 April 2017, City Centre

    Join them to farewell SYO as their most talented young musicians embark on a landmark music education tour. Commencing in Vienna and moving through iconic cities renowned for their classical music history, the feature...

    02 Apr
  4. St John Passion

    Friday 7 April 2017, City Centre

    Ever since its first performance in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724, JS Bach’s setting of the St John Passion has been a mainstay of the musical calendar in both concert hall and church. The Choir and Orchestra of St...

    07 Apr
  5. The Conductor and The Clown

    Sunday 9 April 2017, City Centre

    A serious classical concert is underway when a mischievous visitor with a red nose arrives on stage and tries to take over the performance. The Conductor keeps conducting and the orchestra keeps playing, but the Clown...

    09 Apr
  6. Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

    Saturday 22 April to Sunday 23 April 2017, City Centre

    Calling all puppies, Paw Patrol Live! is coming to Australia!Kids: it’s time for an adventure with your favourite rescue puppies, Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup, Everest,...

    22 Apr -23Apr
  7. Songs of the Black Arm Band

    Saturday 22 April 2017, City Centre

    For a decade, Black Arm Band has been sharing the music, songs and stories at the centre of Indigenous life, touching hearts and minds across the country and abroad.A collective of contemporary Aboriginal...

    22 Apr
  8. ACO Soloists: City Recital Hall

    Saturday 13 May to Friday 19 May 2017, City Centre

    In a group the size of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists. Experience the extraordinary talents of this orchestra of soloists in a thrilling concert...

    13 May -19May
  9. ACO Soloists: Sydney Opera House

    Sunday 14 May 2017, City Centre

    In a group the size of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists. Experience the extraordinary talents of this orchestra of soloists in a thrilling concert...

    14 May

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