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La Traviata On Sydney Harbour

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2 hrs 35 mins

Experience the joy and heartbreak of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out! La Traviata, composed by Giuseppe Verdi talks of the courtesan Violetta who longs for love but lives purely for pleasure. Verdi’s music is incomparable, giving us heart stompingly good melodies, one after the other!

flexible cancellation policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.

why watch la traviata

The spectacular production of Verdi’s hugely popular La Traviata returns to stage at the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in March and April 2020. Widely regarded as an event not to be missed, this is the best outdoor event to be staged in Australia boasting of a unique experience full of show-stopping views, world-class performers, fine dining options and nightly fireworks. La Traviata is the quintessential operatic experience. Director Constantine Costi is all set to take the reins to present this world-famous opera based on the original production by celebrated director Francesca Zambello. The daring set designer Brian Thomson wills to conjure up a new vision of Verdi’s classic, with a breathtaking 9 metre high chandelier with its glistening 10,000 crystals shimmering over the Harbor stage.

Arrive early to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Soak in the view as the setting sun reflects over the city skyline. Then take your seats in the comfortable grandstand to enjoy a dramatic visual experience that will remain with you long afterward.

The Story

Violetta Valery is plagued by an illness that is sure to kill her. She knows that she is not left with much time to live, and as a courtesan, she has never experienced the magic of true love. She is smart, well-read, and charming; characteristics that were not common amongst 19th-century courtesans. When she meets Alfredo Germont at a party, Violetta is deeply moved by Alfredo’s honest demeanor and child-like attitude to life. She presents him with a single camellia and asks him to return once the flower has withered. Alfredo is overjoyed, for this was an invitation to a rendezvous in the near future. In the second act, Violetta and Alfredo live a quiet life in the country, far from the bustling cities of Europe. Soon, Alfredo finds out that they are only able to afford their luxuries because Violetta has been selling all her property. He journeys to Paris in search of a way to earn an honest living, promising his beloved that he will soon rejoin her. In his absence, Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father, visits Violetta. He admonishes her for tempting his son into a shameful relationship with a courtesan. As the conversation builds, he realises that Violetta was never after Alfredo’s money, thus leading him to gently declare that it is not right for Violetta to remain with Alfredo, although she does indeed love him unconditionally. Violetta succumbs to the demands of Giorgio and takes up her old profession in the city once more. What follows is a truly heartrending series of events that is gorgeously depicted and expressed by the opera artists!

Good For

Lovers of Musicals | Fans of Guiseppe Verdi

Critic Reviews

“On purely visual level, it is stunning.” - arts.theaureview

”La Traviata is one of the greatest of Verdi’s operas.” - The Saturday Paper

know before you go

Show Details

The show will take place from between March 27th - April 26th 2020.

Show Timings

Monday No Show
Tuesday - Sunday 7:30 PM

Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes with one interval

Stacey Alleaume and Jessica Nuccio as Violetta Valery
Rame Lahaj and Paul O'Neill as Alfredo Germont
Michael Honeyman and José Carbó as Giorgio Germont

Performed in
Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.

Based on orignal production by
Francesca Zambello

Directed By
Constantine Costi

Choreography By
Shannon Burns

Costume Designer
Tess Schofield

Set Desginer
Brian Thomson


Recommended for ages 8 and up. All patrons irrespective of age must hold a valid ticket and children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
Companian seating
Relaxed performances

The Fleet Steps at the Sydney Harbour has a seating capacity of 800.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. Vegetarian food options will be available at the venue.

Dress Code
The opera is staged in a non-conventional theatre space and we recommend to bring along warm clothing.

my tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at onsite Box Office about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

We would recommend reaching the Theatre at least 30 minutes prior to you show.

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