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La Traviata — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — CANCELLED

Verdi's famed French opera — and its nine-metre-high chandelier — is coming to Sydney Harbour's floating stage.
By Libby Curran
January 28, 2020
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La Traviata — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — CANCELLED

Verdi's famed French opera — and its nine-metre-high chandelier — is coming to Sydney Harbour's floating stage.
By Libby Curran
January 28, 2020
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UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020 — Following the government's advice on COVID-19, Opera Australia has cancelled all performances of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour's La Traviata. Ticket holders will be contacted with further emails about refunds.

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Opera on a regular stage is one thing, but opera performed on a floating openair theatre atop Sydney Harbour, under the stars? Well, that's some unforgettable stuff. Especially when it's Giuseppe Verdi's famed classic La Traviata that's being given the overwater treatment.

The glamorous three-act show is the latest production announced as part of Opera Australia's Handa Opera series, set to return to this unique stage in March and April 2020. Handa Opera has pulled over 400,000 guests since debuting with La Traviata back in 2012, its mix of drinking and dining options, breathtaking views and nightly fireworks making it one of Sydney's must-try cultural offerings. It's also considered one of the world's best openair opera venues.

2019's 'West Side Story' by Hamilton Lund

The upcoming season will see director Constantine Costi heading up a bold new production of La Traviata based on celebrated director Francesca Zambello's original. It tells the famously heartbreaking tale of a free-spirited Parisian courtesan and her tragic love affair with a nobleman.

Expect to be wowed by a glittering nine-metre-high chandelier decked out with 10,000 crystals on stage, while world-class performers deliver soaring renditions of legendary tunes like 'Sempre Libera' and 'Brindisi'.

Carmen, Aida and La Bohème are just some of the hits to grace the Handa Opera stage in recent years, with 2019's production of West Side Story selling a huge 62,000 tickets.

Handa Opera's 2012 'La Traviata' by Lightbox Photography.

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