Opera performance at the Con

Opera productions

Student talent in the limelight
Our immersive productions are a creative outlet for students to challenge themselves and reach new heights as artists and performers. Enjoy the scenery, costuming, make-up and pure talent as we celebrate the art of opera.


Two opera performers in period costume facing eachother on production set


The Coronation of Poppea – one of the great music dramas – charts the erotic and brutal politics of Nero’s Rome. This was the Australian premiere of a new version of Monteverdi’s great work, by the Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Read more.


Two opera singers perfroming on stage

The Magic Flute

Mozart's final opera, The Magic Flute, transports audiences to a fantastical world of serpents, princesses, trials and mysteries. Good and evil battle, and truth and resolution are elusive. The final year performance is presented by students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Read more.


Six opera performers on stage, one is singing while the others listen.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten’s magical opera breathes new life into Shakespeare’s most loved comedy. When the King of the Fairies quarrels with his Queen, he orders his servant, a mischievous sprite, to play a prank on her – resulting in mistaken identities, confused lovers and a startling transformation. Read more.


Students perform La Finta Giardiniera

La Finta Giardiniera

Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera or ‘The disguised gardener’ is your typical opera: set in Italy with a confusing plot involving love triangles, cross-dressing, characters pretending to be others, characters believing that they are gods and many spurned suitors.

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Students perform Les Mamelles de Tiresias

Les Mamelles de Tiresias

An opera bouffe by Francis Poulenc based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire. Although farcical it conveys a deeper message about new life after wartime.

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Students performing The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute 

Taking inspiration from the movies, director Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp set this production of Mozart’s final work for the stage as a rollicking adventure in 1930s Egypt.

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Students performing La Calisto

La Calisto

For nearly 300 years, this work lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but this heady score was rediscovered in the 20th century. The poetic libretto and rich score charts the relationships between gods, men and women.

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Students performing Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan tutte

Based on a medieval farce of mistaken identity, Mozart’s comic opera is a tale of love, deception and forgiveness. 

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Students performing The Fairy Queen

The Fairy Queen

The poetic libretto and Purcell’s rich score relate subtly and metaphorically to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written as a masque or semi-opera, this restoration spectacular is reshaped by director Elsie Edgerton-Till.

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Students performing English Eccentric

English Eccentrics

Through its sharp wit, English Eccentrics takes a sideways look at a collection of quirky characters from English society.

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Students performing MASS


We celebrated the Con's 100th Birthday with an epic performance of MASS by Leonard Bernstein. Over 400 students, staff and alumni performed at the Opera House under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz.

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