A setting like the magnificent Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions for West Side Story directed by Francesca Zambello. In 2019, West Side Story takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Raise a glass as the sun sets and drink in the view as you share a meal in one of the pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Then sit back to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air. This is a must see production, playing for four weeks only in March and April 2019.
Head to the Handa Opera's waterside venue at Mrs Macquarie's Point, within the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. What grander setting could there be for such a performance than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun? Opera on the Harbour will open on March 22, 2019 for an exclusive four-week season, playing at night on a purpose-built floating stage on Sydney Harbour. With the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop. Encounter the wildness of youth and ecstasy of love as this modern day Romeo and Juliet unfolds under a starlit sky. On the mean streets of New York's West Side, two rival gangs strut their stuff. But when a Jet falls for a Shark, the stage is set for a rumble. Their wistful love story is studded with infectious songs including 'Somewhere', 'Maria', 'I Feel Pretty', 'America', 'Cool' and of course, 'Tonight'. As the star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony, homegrown stars Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin reprise the sizzling chemistry of their performances together in The Merry Widow and The Phantom of the Opera. An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Bernstein’s brilliant score and Jerome Robbins’ original electrifying choreography. Renowned director Francesca Zambello teams up with Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin to create a brand new production for the harbour-top stage.Available for four weeks only from March 22 to April 21, 2019, Opera on the Harbour has become a huge part of the cultural landscape, combining all of the things Sydney does best: world-class opera, sparking wine and fine dining, and sunsets and spectacle on the Harbour's edge.Please note: To extend our accessibility programs, we have designated the performance of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour on April 17, 2019 as a relaxed performance. This style of performance is designed to ensure young adults with a disability and their families, or anyone who enjoys a relaxed environment, are able to enjoy the performance experience together. This relaxed performance will allow guests to come and go from their seats during the performance and venue lights will remain on at low levels. Some lighting or sound features of the show may also be adjusted minimally, but there are no significant differences to the production. The performance will be audio-described, and those who wish to will be able to read captions on handheld devices. A ‘Quiet Space’ will also be made available if a break from the show is needed and our staff can offer advice on other spaces if needed.