Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly

Sydney, Australia
  • 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Enjoy a night of opera under the stars at Handa Opera's performance of Madama Butterfly. The dramatic tale unfolds on an open-air floating stage set on the Sydney Harbour shore, with incredible views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline in the background. Have your choice of seating reserve for this must-see production by Opera Australia.
  • Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour
  • Enjoy the magnificent backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
  • Be dazzled by the floating stage on Sydney Harbour
  • Your choice of seating reserve under the stars

What's Included

  • Ticket for Madama Butterfly performance
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

What To Expect

Make your own way to Handa Opera's stunning waterside venue at Mrs Macquarie's Point, within Sydney's picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens.

Be ready for mystery filled performance of Madama Butterfly, Fireworks light up the sky at every performance.

You can arrive as early as 5pm to enter the open-air complex. Water taxis provide a stylish ride to the venue, and other public transportation and shuttle buses run regularly (transport at own expense). Food and drinks are available for purchase at the on-site bar and sit-down restaurant, with tables that showcase stunning views of the sunset, and the illuminated Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Have your choice of five seating reserves when booking. Dress for the evening's weather conditions and the outdoor venue. The performance runs for a total of approximately 2.5 hours with intermission. Handa Opera promises a memorable evening out in Sydney.

Opera on Sydney Harbour

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants and children at all adult pricing
  • Wheelchair seating is available and must be requested at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is an outdoor event there is no undercover seating
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance
  • No mobile phones or recording devices to be used during performance
  • Only food and beverages purchased at the venue permitted
  • When purchasing tickets you are choosing your seating reserve, not the seating section. Opera Australia will choose the best available seats in the seating reserve and performance you have chosen.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If we cancel a performance before it commences or during the performance prior to the scheduled interval, you may exchange the ticket for a subsequent event or obtain a refund. If the performance is stopped or cancelled after the interval due to bad weather or other factors you will not be entitled to an exchange or refund.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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64 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 64 reviews
Sydney Opera (not in the Opera House)
Kathy_g, May 2023
Fabulous experience. This was not in the Opera House but outside across the harbour. Glad it didn't rain! Loved the set changes.
It was an amazing show and experience
Holly_C, Apr 2023
The opera was beautifully placed in the botanical gardens of Sydney all outside with the skyline of the city as the background. The opera was perfectly sung and the Sydney orchestra was top notch. So glad there was no rain ,it was perfect!
Magical not to be missed, Madame Butterfly
JuneT_G, Apr 2023
Magical, wonderful performance, the setting with the opera house & bridge in background amazing. Highly recommended
Butterfly in the Harbour Rain
Robyn_B, Apr 2023
The setting is breathtakingly beautiful and the cast outstanding. Even though it rained (actually bucketed) we enjoyed the entire experience. The rain engendered a sense of camaraderie between performers & audience. The performers were not daunted by the downpour & we celebrated their professionalism & resilience. We could recommend the show to everyone.
Rained out
Lori_F, Apr 2023
Rain downpour at intermission and left. Watching set change was the most interesting. Lost umbrella between seats.
Mesmerizing performance
Ha_H, Apr 2023
The whole show is magnificient. Even the 30-min recess is worth viewing when the crew remade the whole stage. Sydney Harbour exquisite view provides an amazing background. Make sure to arrive early to not miss any minute.
Madame Butterfly Sydney Opera House outdoor venue
Nicola_E, Apr 2023
Stunning back drop of the opera house and bridge. Beautiful singing and flawless performance. Fireworks were disappointing and over in seconds. My low score was due to poor instruction finding the venue. The gates at the Botanical gardens are all closed at 6pm so accessing the venue needed to be via the Domain gate. We wandered around with at least 20 other people trying to find the venue for over 1 hour Thankfully we found a local resident to guide us there and arrived with 2 minutes to spare before the show started. Coming home we took a taxi which was outside the gates and there is also a shuttle bus and water taxi available.
Outdoor Opera in Sydney
BeverlynT_E, Apr 2023
The event was perfect. Location was beautiful and easy to find. Show was good with lots of places to buy food and drink prior to the show. The tickets were absolutely the best. A great way to spend an evening in Sydney.
Christina_C, May 2022
It was a great show and nice seats! The venue was outside, a bit rainy but also was very nice. I thought the venue was hard to get to.
Unbelievable experience...
Valerie_L, Apr 2022
Unbelievable experience seeing The Phantom of the Opera at the outdoor stage! Totally iconic. We will remember this for the rest of our lives... And we will be back! Get there around 5 to get a good table at the outdoor Opera Restaurant, and leave time to take a water taxi to the outdoor stage!
Amazing Experience
Hilary_A, Apr 2022
Amazing experience. Hard to put into words. To watch an outdoor opera on the harbour with Sydney lit up in lights as a backdrop was unbelievable. Performance was outstanding
A life memory.
Janet_M, Apr 2022
A beautiful night on the harbour. A spectacular performance. World class. Well done to all involved in putting on a magnificent show.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Janet, thank you for kind review, we appreciate the feedback and are very glad you enjoyed the performance. Kind regards, Andrew
Phantom on the Harbour
Janine_M, Apr 2022
The show was absolutely brilliant! Amazing sets, great performers, beautiful night!!! We were lucky with the weather. I should have picked up the tickets from the box office. I didn't read that, so there was some confusion initially. We had wonderful seats. The production and whole experience was 10 out of 10!
Debra_A, Mar 2022
The backdrop,the venue. The ambience . The special effects. The performance itself. Seating. Fireworks
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Debra, thank you for your kind words, we're very glad you had an enjoyable time.
Wet performance
Phillip_F, Mar 2022
It rained super hard but the performance was good while it lasted. The actors/actresses were definitely top notch.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Philip, we appreciate your feedback regarding the quality of our performers and apologise that the performance concluded prematurely due to poor weather. Kind regards, Andrew
Whole experience....
Michelle_S, Mar 2022
Whole experience. Everyone walked the red carpet not just VIPs. Amazing cast. The only drawback was no taxi at the end. Waited 2 hours. We were the last to leave.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Michelle, thank you for your feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed the show. We'll ensure your comments regarding transport at the end of the evening is fed back to our event producers. Warm regards, Andrew
Beautiful opera, but access difficult
Leslye_T, May 2021
We enjoyed the experience with the opera outside on such a beautiful night. Unfortunately, walking to and from the venue, up the stairs and down to get food, toilet, etc was quite difficult for my husband. And then getting a taxi at the end of the evening, we were forced to stand and wait for a very long time. There were no provisions that we could see for people with a mobility disability. That was disappointing.
A Brilliant Night Out
Tiffanny_J, Apr 2021
Such a wonderful event across all facets- from venue and facilities set up, to performance and overall experience!
A perfect night out at the opera
Stephen_G, Apr 2021
The voices of all the cast was excellent. Sound quality was excellent. Food outlets left a lot to be desired.
Unforgettable and impressive
Peiyan_P, Apr 2021
The actors, dancers, singers are all excellent, perform very well. Music, music performers good work.