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NYE Opera Gala Hosts announced

Aussie icons to perform at Sydney Opera House

Opera Australia has recently announced the star-studded lineup for this year's New Year's Eve Opera Gala, set to take place in the iconic Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. This highly anticipated event will be co-hosted by soprano extraordinaire and award-winning cabaret sensation, Ali McGregor, alongside the beloved comedian and TV presenter, Adam Hills.

Prepare for a breathtaking journey through the world of opera, infused with a distinctively Australian flavor, right in the heart of Sydney's renowned New Year's Eve celebrations. The Gala's stellar cast includes the mesmerizing tenor, Diego Torre, alongside the stunning sopranos, Julie-Lea Goodwin and Sophie Salvesani, and the charismatic baritone, Luke Gabbedy. They will be accompanied by the talented Opera Australia Orchestra, under the baton of Opera Australia's Head of Music, Tahu Matheson.

Ali McGregor, originally a principal soprano with Opera Australia, has since evolved into an award-winning cabaret performer, gracing stages from Glastonbury to Carnegie Hall. She has also founded her own company, FLUXUS, dedicated to nurturing the development of new Australian operas.

A five-time Gold Logie nominee, Adam Hills is one of Australia’s best-known comedians. He is known across Australia for his iconic role as host of ABC TV’s music-orientated quiz show Spicks and Specks and for tv shows, Adam Hills Tonight and The Last Leg, his talk show on the UK’s Channel 4.

This Gala marks a historic moment as Ali McGregor and Adam Hills join forces to co-host for the very first time, promising an evening filled with beloved opera classics performed by some of Opera Australia's cherished principal artists, sprinkled with laughter and delightful surprises.

A ticket to the Opera Gala not only guarantees an enchanting musical experience but also offers the chance to revel in Sydney's world-famous 9 pm fireworks display during the interval. For those seeking an all-inclusive experience, there is the option to indulge in a dining and party package, securing front-row seats for the spectacular New Year's Eve action on the harbor.

The Pre-performance Dinner begins with a champagne reception and treats guests to a gourmet three-course meal paired with premium wines. The Midnight Party, set to kick off after the performance, promises live music, delectable canapés, and a selection of beverages that will carry guests into the year 2024. Both events will be hosted in the Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall Northern Foyer, offering breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.

For the ultimate New Year's Eve experience, guests can opt for the Platinum package, which includes priority seating at the Pre-Performance Dinner, premium platinum reserve performance seats, a program, champagne during the interval, and exclusive access to the Midnight Party.

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Published: 8 November 2023

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