As of 16 October 2012, the Opera Theatre has been officially renamed the Joan Sutherland Theatre in honour of Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE.
The Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000.
Opera Australia regularly performs in two venues at the Sydney Opera House
Opera performances are presented in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre). View seating map
Concerts are presented in the Concert Hall. View seating map
A valid ticket is required to access the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers and all performance spaces. Please have your ticket with you at all times as you may be asked to present it for inspection. To minimise disturbances, late arrivals may be ‘locked out’ until interval. Please make sure you arrive on time.
Visit our Access page to read about how we can help you to access our performances, or read or download the Sydney Opera House Access Guide.
Many buses, trains and all ferries stop at Circular Quay. It is then a 10 minute walk to the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House operates a transit shuttle for elderly and less mobile passengers between Stand E at Circular Quay and the Concourse. Visit the Transport Infoline for timetable and fare information.
Taxis can drop off passengers at the Sydney Opera House vehicle concourse, and can usually be hailed from the roundabout at the end of Macquarie Street.
If you do want to drive, Wilson's Sydney Opera House Car Park is located at the northern end of Macquarie Street with vehicular access adjacent to the Forecourt. Opera Australia subscribers are offered a discounted parking rate. Being a public car park, spaces may not always be available, and please note that the car park closes at 1am.
A limited number of parking spaces are available to holders of an RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit at the Sydney Opera House vehicle concourse near Stage Door. Please book a space as early as possible by phoning (02) 9250 7185. Drivers can drop off passengers with mobility difficulties at the turning circle beside the Monumental Steps. Vehicles should then be parked elsewhere. If passengers require staff assistance to enter the building, please notify the Gatehouse as you enter the Sydney Opera House precinct.
The Opera Australia Customer Service Desk opens one hour before each performance to assist with ticket and subscription enquiries.
For the safety and comfort of patrons, bags larger than a small, A4-sized handbag must be left with cloakroom staff during performances
There are loads of high quality venues around Circular Quay and at the Opera House. For views of the Sydney Opera House itself, the nearby Aria restaurant is a great choice, offering a sophisticated and relaxed setting to start your evening. Opera Australia Subscribers enjoy special offers at Aria, as well as at the iconic Sir Stamford, Circular Quay, in Macquarie Street.
If you really want to make a night of it, book a table at Sydney Opera House's flagship restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, run by Sydney chef Guillaume Brahimi.
Opera Kitchen brings together some of Sydney's best known names in a casual al fresco setting - sushi and sashimi at Kenji, Vietnamese at Misschu, Cloudy Bay Fish Co., Charlie & Co. Burgers and Bécasse Bakery. Or visit the famous Opera Bar for a drink and some delicious Australian cuisine: there's a pre-theatre menu served from 5pm.
Inside the Box Office foyer there's Bistro Mozart (also run by Guillaume Brahimi) which serves superb meals prior to performances. Plus the Theatre Bars, located in the Northern and Southern foyers of the Sydney Opera House, showcase unrivalled views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Farm Cove as well as the harbour. Pre-order your drinks on arrival for the interval so you can avoid the queues. Both Theatre Bars offer spacious indoor and outdoor areas.