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Be treated like royalty for the night

Fully costumed comic opera and 3-course meal in a stunning heritage dining room - Discover Sydney's best-kept secret!

Back by popular demand! Following sold-out performances in 2017, Opera Bites, Sydney's favourite boutique opera company, has once again partnered with The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel to bring you four incredible evenings of sumptuous costumed opera, complete with a 3-course bespoke menu and select fine wines to match.

Since 2009, Opera Bites has entertained diverse audiences around Australia with their fully costumed, condensed operas and highlights performances in some unconventional places. Whether delighting audiences with their highly popular Opera in the Pub series, wowing them with the world's favourite operas at Opera in the Outback or serenading them over an intimate High Tea, their winning formula is accessible to newcomers yet fresh and alive for seasoned opera-goers.

Presented in one of Sydney CBD's most beautiful heritage listed dining rooms, this special series of events will see guests treated like royalty for the night and completely immersed in the world of operatic splendour.

Tickets include entertainment, 3-course bespoke menu and select fine wines to match. Book for the complete series and SAVE!

  • Friday 20 April - "Opera Safari"

    Comic opera at its best! A vivacious romp through mistaken identity in one of Donizetti's most brilliant and popular operas, Don Pasquale. Young and old will delight in this farcical tale of Don Pasquale's attempts to secure a wife and disinherit his nephew, Ernesto. Mischievous Dr Maletesta is on hand to ensure that feisty Norina marries the man of her dreams. Jam-packed with melodic and memorable tunes, it features many of the opera world's most cherished arias and ensembles and has something for everyone.

  • Friday 6 July - "Masquerade Ball"

    Join Opera Bites in this hilarious re-telling of Johann Strauss' wonderful operetta "Die Fledermaus" – and remember to wear your finest masquerade costume since you might be invited to participate! Gabriel Eisenstein has to go to gaol tonight. First though, there is Prince Orlofsky's fabulous masked ball which he simply must attend. Among the (disguised) guests are his gaoler, Frank, his maid, Adele, and even his wife, Rosalinda. When he finally gets to gaol, he finds that someone else has been arrested in his place – someone who was at his house and in his dressing gown the previous evening!

  • Friday 14 September - "Sultry Spanish Nights"

    Enjoy a night of hilarity with Opera Bites and Rossini's "The Barber of Seville". Count Almaviva has fallen in love with Rosina – he has come to Seville in disguise as the student Lindoro to win her hand and to see if she will love him for who he is and not his rank. First, however, he must get her away from the clutches of her protector Dr Bartolo who wants to marry her himself. Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the barber and general factotum, who is always ready (for a price) to come up with a brilliant idea. Rosina is indeed in love with Lindoro (although she has no idea who he really is) but Dr Bartolo's accomplices, Berta and Don Basilio try their best to thwart the Count's plans. Figaro makes the Count disguise himself as a soldier as a way of getting into Bartolo's house but will Rosina want 'Lindoro' when she finds out about his deception...?

  • Friday 16 November - "Opera Banquet"

    A unique experience to cherish with arias and ensembles from the world's most adored operas. Expect to be seduced by favourites you'll know and love from Turandot, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Lakmé, Carmen and more. With witty narration to give a sense of context and presented in true Opera Bites style, bask in this feast for the senses with an Opera Gala like no other.

    Tickets are now on sale for this series of unforgettable events; to reserve your seat, please visit Eventbrite. As places are strictly limited, early bookings are advised.

    For more information on Opera Bites, please visit

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    Where: The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    Cost: $150 plus booking fee (includes opera, 3-course meal and matching wines)
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