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Sydney Opera House launches discounted $21 tickets for summer performances

Sydney Opera House launches discounted $21 tickets for summer performances
January 13, 2021

The Sydney Opera House has today announced that discounted tickets costing $21 will be available for its line-up of summer events, performances and experiences.

Enabled by a NSW Government initiative to increase access to Sydney’s cultural offering over the summer months, the offer commences today and runs through to the end of March, with tickets released on the Opera House website at midday each day for selected shows the following day.

Announcing the initiative, Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Louise Herron advised “after being closed for much of last year, it has been wonderful to safely welcome audiences, staff and artists back to our theatres and restaurants.

“We have launched 2021 with an uplifting and entertaining summer program. I hope as many people as possible can take advantage of our $21 summer tickets to enjoy a performance at their Opera House.”

To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the venue has made some operational changes aligned with the NSW Government’s introduction of new measures to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 community transmission.

The Sydney Opera House venues will now operate at a reduced capacity (75%) with a minimum of one empty seat between groups along a row. This will apply to all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and the Utzon Room. 

COVIDSafe measure include:

  • Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.
  • QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must check-in upon entry.
  • Regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitiser stations in all paths of travel, frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities.
  • COVID-19 safety training for all operational, frontline and contact staff, as well as onsite COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshals.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin added “after a challenging year for the arts sector, the return of live performance and events in recent months has been an important moment for artists, arts workers and the wider community.

"As our city continues to carefully manage the impacts of the pandemic, I hope this initiative provides more opportunities for the public to explore our cultural icon over summer.”

From midday today, the public will be able to purchase up to four tickets per transaction across a range of shows. The $21 summer tickets hub on the Opera House website will be updated daily at midday with the shows and experiences on offer for the following day. Tickets will be subject to availability and free of booking fees and charges.

This initiative is part of the NSW Government’s Summer in the City program.

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