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What makes Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour so special?

Handa Opera brings the magic to Sydney Harbour with La Bohème

Handa Opera has once again landed on Sydney Harbour, this year bringing with it the classic Parisian bohemian love story, La Bohème.

A powerful story of love, loss and passion among young artists that has spurred multiple pop culture adaptations (Moulin Rouge, Rent) this is one of those stories that transcends all time and experience.

La Bohème is one of the most frequently performed operas globally, so what makes this production special? In one word, everything.

Set Design

The floating stage has been transformed into the wintry Christmas Eve setting of the production by set designer Dan Potra. Paris is recreated with the classic cobblestone lane ways and the Eiffel Tower projected next to Sydney’s Opera House. All of this is brought together by some truly fabulous special effects including burning cars and characters held aloft by helium balloons. They even make it snow in Sydney harbour which is pure magic!



The innovative new production has set the narrative during the student uprising of the 1960s in Paris. Of course the 60s lends itself to a fabulous wardrobe, from Musetta’s stunning silver gown to the artistic combinations of Marcello. Check out some of the original drawings below.


From Croque Monsieur to baked Camembert to Crêpe Suzette there is a full French feast available from each of the dining options at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Arrive early and catch the sun setting over the harbour with a glass of sparkling. Drinks and Parisian doughnuts will also be available during interval. Get ready to drool when you have a look at the menus located here.

Handa Opera has everything you could want from a night out in Sydney and ends with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.

Check it out at Mrs. Macquaries point until 22 April. Book now at

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