Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can be part of the performance at the Sydney Opera House

No visit to Sydney is complete without at least catching a glimpse of its iconic opera house – but travellers who are ready to take their operatic experience to the next level can now buy a walk-on role in a performance.

Internationally acclaimed soprano Ermonela Jaho will make her Australian debut in Sydney this summer in the classic role of Violetta in La Traviata.
Internationally acclaimed soprano Ermonela Jaho will make her Australian debut in Sydney this summer in the classic role of Violetta in La Traviata. Image by Sydney Opera House

Opera Australia has announced a new package that includes a walk-on role during a performance at the Sydney Opera House. For $4999AUS, the guests will get to indulge a flair for the dramatic, with hair, make-up, wigs and a specially-fitted costume. After a full transformation, they will walk on stage and right into the performance. “This is opera from the star’s perspective”, the website reads, noting that the guests will be surrounded by performers singing in harmony and in front of a crowd of 1500 people. While the performer will be on stage with the chorus, they will not actually sing, but simply take part in the show for about an hour.

Sydney Opera House at dusk illuminated.
Sydney Opera House at dusk illuminated. Image by Guy Vanderelst/Getty Images

Luckily, the guest will not just be thrown up on stage without a bit of preparation. The assistant director will coach the performer on what to do and when – ensuring that the big spender can fully enjoy their moment in the spotlight. And since every actor needs an audience, the package also comes with a second ticket so the guest can bring someone to witness their big moment. As not all productions have room for a walk-on performer, the choice of opera is at the discretion of Opera Australia, but will include La Bohème, La Traviata and Carmen.