West Side Story at Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney HarbourMr and Mrs Romance

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With all the finger-clicking swing and swagger of Broadway and Hollywood, the romance and tragedy of Shakespeare and the gusto of opera, Opera Australia’s West Side Story is a trifecta overall performance. And with a view more than Sydney Harbour like no other, this is a evening to don’t forget.

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story

We’ve been to the OpenAir Cinema a quantity of times and appreciate the venue. With its giant more than-water screen that appears to emerge from the harbour to show films via the summer time. Christina and I didn’t consider you do substantially superior.

But just about every March and April, just after the OpenAir Cinema has completed, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour puts on a show that requires factors to a different level – fairly actually.

Each and every year, Opera Australia sets up for one particular of the most exceptional venues in the globe. Poised above the water, in the location of the OpenAir Cinema’s screen, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour tends to make its stage.

The elevated and angled open-air platform is replete with lighting, moveable props and a complete beneath-stage orchestra. And the background to the stage is the Sydney Opera Home, Harbour Bridge and city skyline, which glimmer in the evening sky behind.

But it is this year’s decision of overall performance that is even a lot more striking than the venue itself.

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - performance

In what ought to be one particular of the most difficult projects they’ve undertaken, Opera Australia have moved away from classic ‘fat lady sings’ for anything substantially livelier.

West Side Story – the modernised take on Romeo and Juliet – was very first a Broadway musical then a Hollywood film. Now Opera Australia has offered the appreciate/hate story of the Jets and the Sharks and Tony and Maria that richness and refinement that classical arts often somehow do.

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - cast warming up

All the original songs from the musical are right here. Maria, Tonight, I Really feel Fairly and, my favourite, America, and are sung at the very same tempo as the originals. But there’s a particular good quality to the voices that adds layers to the show.

And then there’s the fireworks also of course!

The venue

Apart from the exceptional stage setup, the acting, singing and music, and the unrivalled views, there’s also lots to get pleasure from pre-show also.

Set in the stunning Botanic Gardens and Domain, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is surrounded by trees and plants, and the harbour wall that appears out towards the city’s iconic skyline from across the water.

About the stage and elevated seating, there are various areas to grab a bite to consume or a drink just before the show and in the interval.

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

Higher above it all, the two terrace bars present balconied views with a decision of meals and drinks. The Southern Terrace has had a bit of entertaining with the burgers they present. A Jet burger will land you a cheese burger or a Shark burger a chicken burger (not fish!).

The Northern Terrace is a bit a lot more critical with salmon fillets (not Shark!), villapol chicken and a pot pie. Each terrace venues also present a variety of other selections which includes a tasty small cheese platter.

There’s also the Northern Cantina down on the foreshore. Right here you can get Spanish and Cuban style fare, and there’s an oyster and champagne cart close to the stage.

Down in the garden in the shade of a fig tree is the Qantas Garden Bar. This bar gives Cubano pizzas, desserts and snacks, and is most likely the most relaxed of the venues.

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - Northern Cantina

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - Southern Terrace

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - Southern Terrace

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - Northern Terrace

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - Qantas Garden Bar

On the other hand, if you want to soup up your go to, go all out for the Travel Associates Platinum Club – a pre-overall performance 3-course dinner in the private pop-up dinner venue.

West Side Story

Shows run just about every Tuesday – Sunday evening till 21st April 2019
Ticket rates variety based on your seating.
Obtain and book your tickets right here

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - cast and crew

Loth as I am to ever quote Richard Gere or Fairly Lady, I wonder his character Edward has a point:

“People’s reaction to opera the very first time they hear it is intense they either appreciate it or they hate it. If they appreciate it, they will often appreciate it. If they do not, they might understand to appreciate it, but it will in no way turn out to be portion of their soul.”

This is a good location to begin if you have in no way been to the opera just before and you are worried it will in no way be in your soul. The show is brilliant, the actors extremely skilled and the venue beyond equal.

I was at a disadvantage coming to see this overall performance. I do not especially like musicals, I’ve in no way been to the opera just before and, to Christina’s shock, I hadn’t observed West Side Story just before – in any kind.

But bearing in thoughts how properly Opera Australia adapted this classic and offered the place of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, I cannot wait for them to do my favourite Hollywood film: Jaws!

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story - sunset

Opera Australia Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story

We had been invited to the final complete dress rehearsal overall performance by Opera Australia.

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